Underwater volcanoes melting Arctic Ice, says geologist

Massive amounts of heat pulsing from the earth

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. (The event Kamis is referring to 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:

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

  1. Yeah, but they are not sticking to the story line – so they must be too old, paid for by the oil companies or have a couple of screws loose, they can’t be real scientists or they would never have mentioned thisl

    • Like Exxon and a big money financier paying the Gullible Warmist, screw loose, climate alarmist, crack pots to produce the AGW theory, to enable world government by the few favored and powerfull at the expense of the rest of us?

  2. “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.””

    Agreed – and I am always in awe that Robert was a pioneer in promoting this while the rest of us failed to put our brains into gear.

    Underwater volcanic activity could explain all of the climate influencing events such as El-Nino/La-Nina cycles, the multi decade ocean cycles etc.

    Every volcano has a cycle of pressure build up, release, and further pressure build up.

    The Sun’s radiation doesn’t penetrate far into the oceans and the atmosphere has a mass density problem of 1000:1 against it being the source of ocean heating, especially deep ocean heating.

    All I can ascertain in the complete rejection of underwater volcanic activity as being highly significant is that it destroys AGW credibility and the associated political movement towards more government control and hence must be disparaged at all costs.

    Yet it makes so much sense that it will not go away.

  3. Considering the Iceland on shore rifts are connected to the same fault line, coupled with a major land based eruption during 2014/2015, its highly likely that more erruptions took place north of iceland in deeper water since 1999 to present day.

    The so called warm bob off the west coast of the US has a significant errupting volanco in the middle of it no one knew about.

  4. Makes sense, bearing in mind the limited time frame that we’re talking about. Oceanic flow through the Siberia-Alaska narrows is minimal because (a) it is a natural choke point and (b) at the north pole most water simply doesn’t flow that fast as it’s limited by a lack of centripetal forces from our rotating planet. No good explanation for the prolonged SST temperature spike of 8°+ Celsius off the SW Svalbard coast, either if not for some kind of underwater volcanism plume.

  5. Surely columns of super-heated water under an 1800-km long stretch of arctic ice is not a factor that the climate change computer models need to take into account. It would greatly interfere with their predictive value and thus should continue to be left out of all the beautiful equations, like that other minor factor, the sun.

  6. While we are on the subject of Polar Ice, this article describes real climate change and the effects of a solar driven climate rise to +5 C and its fall by the same amount over a 400 year period back to its normal mean.

    The fall in temperature being caused by the series of Solar Minimums, and the changing tracks of the warm Atlantic drift currents in the North Atlantic.

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    Some people have claimed that Greenland was no warmer 1,000 years ago than it is today. In fact, some have even suggested that it was colder 1,000 years ago. Are such suggestions made to bolster the alleged “unprecedented” warming claim for the past 135 years? Contrary to such claims, history paints a very different picture.

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  7. This should be a no-brainer.

    Since the temps in the Arctic are below freezing almost everywhere almost all the time, the hypothesis that atmospheric warming is melting lots of Arctic ice is a physical impossibility.

    Therefore, if the ice is melting, the heat has to be geothermal, not atmospheric.

    NOAA says the climate has warmed approximately 1 degree since 1880, obviously not enough to have any identifiable effect on Arctic ice or anything else.

  8. Assuming the obvious, that global warming will cause direct melting of polar ice caps, let’s look at the RATE of sea level increase since the mid-1800s. Google this search: Battery NOAA Sea Level. The NOAA chart will show a strict linear trend of sea level increase, quite obviously not the least bit influenced by the world population increase from 1 billion to 7 billion since the beginning of that data measurement. (This is likely to be a continuation of the trend that began with the last melting of continental glaciers over 12,000 years ago.)

    Given that burning of hydrocarbons MUST have increased by orders of magnitude in that time, the data completely mitigate against any conclusion that there has been influence of man on sea level rise and thus global warming.

  9. Didn’t Woods Hole speculate on this years ago, with the warning all that Arctic melted fresh-water would severely disrupt the saline “Atlantic Conveyor” and sure enough… you would get the “Day After Tomorrow” ice effect as the Gulf Stream shut down?

    • They may have said something but the volume of fresh water to disrupt the thermohaline conveyor belt of the Gulf Stream has to be orders of magnitude greater than that coming off the coast of Greenland, as was the case with the ancient Lake Agassiz southwest of Hudson Bay’s current location.

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  11. Oh they are realizing this now?? Underwater volcanoes are part of the ongoing ice age cycle, which is now in progress and speeding up. This cycle has been ongoing for millions of years and speeds up prior to a deadly magnetic reversal.
    These guys seem a little late…

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