Study ties fall of Chinese dynasties to volcanic activity

2021-11-18

Major volcanic eruptions led to lower temperatures and less rain, which hurt Asian agriculture and contributed to the collapse of several of China's historic ruling dynasties, according to a new study in Communications Earth & Environment. Sulfur dioxide from the eruptions cooled the climate, say researchers, who studied 156 old eruptions and their effects by examining sulfate levels in ice cores and documents related to the dynasties.

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