A scientist in Asia has said that the world's largest mud volcano, which is likely to continue erupting for another 26 years, is Nature's own answer to the problem of loss of lands eroded by the effects of Global Warming.
The volcano first erupted back in May 2006, and - at its peak - was spewing 180,000 cubic metres of mud a day, which is the equivalent of 50 Olympic-sized swimming pools, or 100 swimming pools of the type you swim in when you visit your local swimming baths.
The volcano, in East Java, Indonesia, has buried homes, schools and farmlands over seven square kilometres, and will, after many years of spewing mud, form new land where none currently exists.
Witnesses at the site of the devastation say that so much mud has been spewed out of the volcano, that a Glastonbury-type disaster is a distinct possibility.
The cause of the eruption has been the subject of a prolonged scientific debate, with opinions divided on whether it was the result of a drilling well in the area, or a magnitude 6.3 earthquake that shook the area a few days earlier. New research, however, conducted during the last ten minutes by myself, indicates a radical departure from other opinions, and may, indeed, be pure foolishness on my part.
"This," I said to myself, "is Nature redressing the balance"
My idea was that, Nature, realising that some low-lying coastal areas are being swallowed-up by rising sea levels, has decided to act by making new countries out of mud. It's an ill-thought-out plan, but you've got to start somewhere, I suppose.
The findings have been published nowhere.
Nor should they be.