Steam rises off the Grand Prismatic Spring, one of the most stunning hydrothermal features in Yellowstone National Park.
Steam rises off the Grand Prismatic Spring, one of the most stunning hydrothermal features in Yellowstone National Park.Photograph by Tom Murphy, National Geographic Creative
supervolcano underneath Yellowstone erupts again, we may have far less advance warning time than we thought.
After analyzing minerals in fossilized ash from the most recent mega-eruption, researchers at
Arizona State University think the supervolcano last woke up after two influxes of fresh magma flowed into the reservoir below the caldera.
And in an unsettling twist, the minerals revealed that the critical changes in temperature and composition built up in a matter of decades. Until now, geologists had thought it would take centuries for the supervolcano to make that...Read details...
If the supervolcano underneath America's first national park erupts again, we may have far less advance warning time than we thought.
So... why aren't we investing in geoengineering R&D? Why are we wasting billions on fighting each other when we should be looking for a solution to this obvious problem? Even if we fail we would be better off.
More total bollocks on a Facebook trending page, the volcano could erupt if certain conditions are met, the professional geologists, (not the half wits at the university who are just after getting their names in the scientific journals) state that "For its part, the U.S. Geological Survey puts the rough yearly odds of another massive Yellowstone blast at 1 in 730,000" - either way as long as it lasts for another 100 years, which is an infintesimal amount of time on a global scale, I wont give a damn. Everyone I know and love will be dead and gone by then :-)
If the Cascadian fault (which is long overdue for an eruption), the San Adreas fault and the Yellowstone all go together you can kiss N. America goodbye. Even if just the Cascadian fault erupts it would cause so much after shocks and create a huge tsunami that would wipe out most of N.W. US. Never say it can't happen in my life time. That is what is often said but it will happen sooner or later. Nothing anyone can do about it and not worth worrying about. But then I am on the other side of the pond so hoping the effects would lessen by the time it reached here lol
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Add it to the bucket list!