Underwater volcanoes melting Arctic Ice, says geologist

Massive amounts of heat pulsing from the earth

Note: I posted this four years ago, but I think it deserves a repeat.

Powerful deep Arctic Ocean geological heat flow forces are melting the ice, says geologist James Edward Kamis. 

In an article entitled “Heat From Deep Ocean Fault Punches Hole in Arctic Ice Sheet,” Kamis punches his own holes in the “humans-are-melting-the-ice” chorus.

October 2015 sea-ice-melt location above Gakkel Ridge
October 2015 sea-ice-melt location above Gakkel Ridge


“A very interesting high temperature and low salinity hole has just been punched in the sea ice … directly above the deep ocean Gakkel Ridge Rift / Fault System,” wrote Kamis in early November. (Kamis is referring to an event that took place on October 12, 2015.)

Massive amounts of heat pulsing from the earth

The Gakkel ridge is a gigantic chain of underwater volcanoes snaking 1,800 kilometers (1,100 miles) beneath the Arctic Ocean from the northern tip of Greenland to Siberia.

With its deep valleys plummeting 5,500 meters (3.4 miles) beneath the sea surface and its summits rising 5,000 meters (3.1-miles) above the seafloor (but still a third of a mile beneath the sea surface), the Gakkel ridge is far mightier than the Alps.

The Gakkel Ridge has in the recent past pulsed massive amounts of heat into the overlying ocean and thereby melted large portions of the ice that floats above the heated ocean column, says Kamis.

Climate scientists who favor the theory of man-made global warming maintain that the higher melt rate of Arctic sea ice from 1999 to 2007 was entirely due to man-made CO2 emissions, Kamis continues.

Natural forces play dominate role in sea ice extent

However, it is clear to most scientists, he continues, that non-atmospheric natural forces play the dominate role in sea ice extent and thickness.

These natural forces include variations in the Earth’s orbit, long-term cyclic changes in deep-ocean currents, and most importantly geologically induced heat and chemically charged fluid flow from deep ocean faults and volcanoes.

Even though the October 12 event was associated with an extensive earthquake swarm, a huge methane release, and a significant series of volcanic eruptions along the Gakkel Ridge, “it was, and still is dismissed as insignificant by most climate scientists advocating the theory of man-made global warming,” says Kamis

But many scientists now realize that the 1999-2007 Gakkel Ridge heat and chemically charged fluid flow event was the root cause of accelerated the Arctic sea ice melting rate.


Thanks to George Martinez for this link

NOTE: This story reinforces my own contention that our oceans are being heated by underwater volcanoes, not humans. See Not by Fire but by Ice, chapter 10, “Fish Stew.”

Also, I’ve posted many articles about underwater volcanic activity on the Gakkel Ridge over the years:

Underwater Volcanoes Heating the Arctic Ocean
Arctic seafloor afire with lava-spewing volcanoes
Volcanoes in Arctic Ocean
Eruptions as big as Pompeii under Arctic ice
Map showing location of the Gakkel and other ridges:

6 thoughts on “Underwater volcanoes melting Arctic Ice, says geologist”

  1. Any evidence that activity increased in 2020? There is very, very warm water north of Siberia this year and this is one possible explanation as to why….

  2. Thank you for the reminder regarding the REAL cause of melting ice in the Arctic, Robert. Somewhere down the line humanity will come to the realization that we are NOT as significant as we think we are. The planet we live on is much bigger than us AND it has its own agenda I’m sure. Hang on to your seats!

  3. I can visualize how this energy source could accelerate an ice age. As the cooling world temperature produces greater amounts of snow and ice buildup on Greenland, Antarctica, and the northern plains of North America and Asia, the general ocean level attempts to start dropping. The water in the Arctic Ocean starts flowing south to replace, in part, the water around the equatorial belt, and in so doing, lowers the pressure over this deep sea trench, allowing it to warm the water more. Then, as the ice sheet shrinks, more water is drawn into the dry air, and even more snow then falls on the northern plains, accelerating the glaciation.

    If at the heart of the last ice age, the equatorial water level dropped 150 meters, I wonder how much more did the water drop in the Arctic Ocean, and whether that would allow the ocean to warm enough to be ice free during the northern summers, thus possibly turning the regions north of the glaciation into a possible growing season during the summer months? Sounds weird, I suppose, but Mother Nature does weird things.

  4. That was a very active period for the Sun and the Earth. Here’s S O News from Sept 29th 2015 and he mentions the alignments going on, the solar flares, coronal holes, quakes. Real edge of your seat space weather watching, Earth weather watching:
    Oct 12th 2015 there were also major alignments going on and major space weather which caused the Arctic Rift to vent. You can backtrack on SIMSOLAR and see where the planets were through that event.
    Or not, 😉

  5. Interesting observation.
    Here is a reference to a video which observes that there has been a reduction in atmospheric volcanic activity in recent times.
    This reduction in atmospheric discharge by volcanoes would increase the amount of sunlight reaching the planet and explain increasing surface temperatures.
    The above observation appears to suggests to me that the amount of energy from volcano’s is a constant and atmospheric changes are a result of where the majority of volcanic activity occurs. Subsea temperatures increase if the majority of volcanic activity is below sea and atmospheric temperatures increase at this time as more of the sun’s energy penetrates the cleaner atmosphere.
    When this situation reverses global cooling occurs.
    It is just a hypothesis.

  6. The Norwegians have been visiting Loki’s Castle, on the floor of the Norwegian Sea, and part of the ridge that extends right from the Gakkel ridge under the Atlantic almost to Antarctica.

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