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The Long-Range Societal Impacts of Large Eruptions

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To examine how volcanism shaped prehistoric and historic social trajectories, it is absolutely necessary to understand both the essential mechanisms governing volcanic eruptions, and the timescales of these processes. As an individual volcano may remain active for over a million years – an eternity compared to the blink of an eye in which our species has walked this planet – the effects on human ecology, demography and migration cannot be understated. Moreover, such knowledge not only plays a vital role in understanding archaeology & ancient environmental change, but finds equal application in predicting the dangers our increasingly interconnected & interdependent world may one day face.

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