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  •  The water of the lake is really cold (2+ / 0-)
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    FishOutofWater, Ellid

    so a little warming from below would´t be to bad. I used to swim there so this diary stirred up some fond childhood memories.
    I thought newspapers did a little fact checking before spreading bull shit but a little googling got me this article in German and some related research in Engllsh here and especially here - dealing with the chemical intricacies of eruption history and the local impact. The first article gives a pretty straight forward evaluation of the area´s volcanic history:
    Minor eruptions with local 50 miles radius impact occur on average every 4500 years, major ones like the Rieden, Wehr and Laacher See eruptions occur on average every 200,000 years.
    With the last one happened a paltry 12,900 years ago I have unfortunately to wait like 187,100 years before the water of the Laacher See heats up.

    Good tests kill flawed theories; we remain alive to guess again. Karl Popper

    by hanswall on Tue Jan 03, 2012 at 05:26:42 PM PST

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