Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Maybe You Shouldn't Put Off That Trip To Yellowstone

Yellowstone Lake at West Thumb Geyser Basin 

The BBC has reported on a study done by the University of Utah:

"The supervolcano that lies beneath Yellowstone National Park in the US is far larger than was previously thought, scientists report.
A study shows that the magma chamber is about 2.5 times bigger than earlier estimates suggested.
A team found the cavern stretches for more than 90km (55 miles) and contains 200-600 cubic km of molten rock.
The findings are being presented at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in San Francisco."

I heard one of the researchers say on the radio that he's pretty sure we'll get plenty of warning as the magma levels rise just before the next eruption. Then again, how much warning do you need for the End of the World?

For the full report, click HERE.

2 comments:

  1. I guess it's a matter of when, not if.

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  2. I try not to think about that when I'm at the park. Of course, it's hard not to with everything bubbling and boiling.

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