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Underwater volcano eruptions allow new bacteria to take over seafloor

Put a price on the costs of disasters, says UN risk chief Robert Glasser

Calculating the costs of natural disasters is a valuable way for governments to recognize and limit the potential for damage, especially as extreme weather linked to climate change occurs more often, the United Nations’ disaster prevention chief says. Recent deadly landslides caused by floods in Peru and Colombia show the urgent need for governments to prepare better and invest…

 

Underwater volcano eruptions allow new bacteria to take over seafloor

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The end is the beginning: the submarine volcanic eruptions that occurred off El Hierro in the Canary Islands might have killed off an entire ecosystem but they have also laid the foundations for a completely new one (Credit: University of Barcelona)

What happens when Nature decides to push the “reset” button on an ecosystem? The answer can be found in the aftermath of the submarine volcanic eruptions that took place off El Hierro in the Canary Islands between October 2011 and March 2012. The resulting magma vaporized everything in its path, providing a fresh blank slate for a mysterious organism never before seen by scientists to move in and restart life in the area…

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