El Chichon the culprit in Maya upheaval?

Reader J.H. Walker comments on a BBC article entitled
El Chichon eruption implicated in Maya upheaval.
Scientists think they can tie the disruption that hit Maya civilization in the 6th Century to an eruption of the El Chichon volcano, says the BBC article.

A Dutch team investigating ash-fall deposits say the age of the deposits is a good match for the so-called Maya hiatus,”a time of cultural upheaval, a run of poor harvests, outbreaks of the plague, and abandonment of their many favored lowland sites.

A sulphur spike in ice core records indicates there was a big eruption somewhere in AD 540, the team found, and that “very likely led to global climate impacts and severe environmental degradation in the region of the blast.”

El Chichon last erupted in spectacular style in 1982, destroying local communities and killing 2,000 people. El Chichon roared into life with a tremendous explosion that sent a column of ash and gases 10 miles high within an hour and spewed vast quantities of sulphur dioxide into the atmosphere.

El Chichón aerial view in Nov 1982, seven months after the eruption - Courtesy Wikipedia
El Chichón aerial view in Nov 1982, seven months after the eruption – Courtesy WikipediaEl Chichon’s AD 540 eruption would have been much bigger than the 1982 eruption, said Kees Nooren from Utrecht University.

Two major eruptions within a very short time

There are actually two closely spaced signatures in the ice record, with the second occurring in AD 536, a time of “very strong cooling,” says Mathew Toohey from the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research in Kiel, Germany.

“This double event would have been clearly the strongest volcanic forcer of climate of at least the last 1,200 years, probably more like 2,000 years,” says Dr. Toohey. His simulations suggest a reduction in average summer temperatures at that time across Northern Europe of two degrees.

Now here’s Mr Walker’s take on this:

El Chichon the culprit in Maya upheaval?

By J.H. Walker

El Chichon is one of the three volcanic T6 and above eruptions during the 6th century Solar Minimum.

The link is between volcanism and Solar minimums, due mainly to the orbital and gravitational perturbations during the trefoil orbit of the Sun around the Solar System BarryCentre.

Not only does the Sun reduce in energy output, but it causes the Earth to add to the maelstrom with fire and Brimstone.

The point I would like to make is that the distant solar-caused gravity effect  is hidden by the lagging in time foreground effects of a series of massive volcanic events completely over shadowing the Sun’s periodic reduced energy periods.

Mankind has a significant problem in seeing further then the end of our collective noses, much less than 1 AU away, and the gyrations of our Sun over a series of orbits caused by the moderation effects of the Jovian Gas Giants.

We are seeing a cause and a much delayed volcanic effect, with the latter so large and near that it swamps the individuals caught up in the human disaster. It is only after 1500 years that we are able to see the overall picture in all its horrifying details.

We truly live on a dangerous and unforgiving planet.


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8 thoughts on “El Chichon the culprit in Maya upheaval?”

  1. Snow hit Gansu, northwest China. May 14, 2016 with video
    Light to moderate snow hit Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in northwest China’s Gansu Province from Friday to Saturday.
    The snow started at 19:00 Friday and stopped at around 08:00 Saturday, with the heaviest snow hitting the city of Hezuo, where the accumulated snow was 13 centimeters deep.
    Some tree branches were bent or even broken by the snow. Local road workers have cleared the broken branches on the road.
    The snow began to melt at around 10:00. The snow water covered the entire street in minutes.

  2. Yep it happened right at the start of a major solar minama and it lasted quite few years and it was called the dark ages.
    There were a number of other eruption’s that took place in that time and a few really big ones, but not all at once.

  3. the nds of our collective noses would seem to be in risk of some reddening and chilling fairly soon at a educated guess:-)

  4. A similar post appeared on this blog not long ago. A volcanic explosion in the Sunda Strait, supported by contemporary Javanese and Chinese reports, was also proposed to explain the sudden onset of a global cooling period.

    • Agreed, there were three separate major erruptions in different parts of the globe during the 600 AD solar minimum.

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