How A Volcanic Eruption Helped Create Modern Scotland • Discoverology

How A Volcanic Eruption Helped Create Modern Scotland

Over seven terrible years in the 1690s, crops failed, farming villages emptied, and severe famine killed up to 15% of the entire population of Scotland. Soon after, the formerly independent nation joined Great Britain. Now, researchers suggest volcanic eruptions thousands of kilometers away may have helped spark this political transformation.

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