Articles | Volume 19, issue 1
Research article
06 Jan 2023
Research article |  | 06 Jan 2023

Frequency of large volcanic eruptions over the past 200 000 years

Eric W. Wolff, Andrea Burke, Laura Crick, Emily A. Doyle, Helen M. Innes, Sue H. Mahony, James W. B. Rae, Mirko Severi, and R. Stephen J. Sparks


Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Review', Anders Svensson, 10 Oct 2022
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Eric Wolff, 02 Dec 2022
  • RC2: 'Comment on cp-2022-69', Anonymous Referee #2, 11 Oct 2022
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC2', Eric Wolff, 02 Dec 2022

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (04 Dec 2022) by Amaelle Landais
AR by Eric Wolff on behalf of the Authors (14 Dec 2022)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (14 Dec 2022) by Amaelle Landais
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (15 Dec 2022)
ED: Publish as is (16 Dec 2022) by Amaelle Landais
Short summary
Large volcanic eruptions leave an imprint of a spike of sulfate deposition that can be measured in ice cores. Here we use a method that logs the number and size of large eruptions recorded in an Antarctic core in a consistent way through the last 200 000 years. The rate of recorded eruptions is variable but shows no trends. In particular, there is no increase in recorded eruptions during deglaciation periods. This is consistent with most recorded eruptions being from lower latitudes.