More than two centuries ago famine struck in Africa hard following record low levels of water in the Nile River. Surprisingly, faraway volcanic eruptions have been found to be responsible for the calamity according to a new study!
A cascade of events was generated by volcanic eruptions on Iceland that led the Nile River to shrink. According to the study, it all happened from June 1783 through February 1784.
Laki Craters on this European island in the North Atlantic erupted 10 times in a series. And this changed the atmospheric conditions in most of the Northern Hemisphere.
In the summer of 1783, unusual temperature and precipitation patterns peaked, causing rainfall below-normal in most of the Nile drainage basin. Eventually, following the eruptions, the mighty river had record low levels for up to one year!
The findings are not just revealing one of the phenomenons of environment-history. These will help forecast climate related to future volcanic activity.