Articles | Volume 17, issue 1
Clim. Past, 17, 229–239, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-17-229-2021
Clim. Past, 17, 229–239, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-17-229-2021

Research article 18 Jan 2021

Research article | 18 Jan 2021

Exploring a link between the Middle Eocene Climatic Optimum and Neotethys continental arc flare-up

Annique van der Boon et al.

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40.5 million years ago, Earth's climate warmed, but it is unknown why. Enhanced volcanism has been suggested, but this has not yet been tied to a specific region. We explore an increase in volcanism in Iran. We dated igneous rocks and compiled ages from the literature. We estimated the volume of igneous rocks in Iran in order to calculate the amount of CO2 that could have been released due to enhanced volcanism. We conclude that an increase in volcanism in Iran is a plausible cause of warming.