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Rapidly Inflating Volcano Creates Growing Mystery
Live Science ^ | Oct. 24, 2011 | Andrea Mustain

Posted on 10/24/2011 11:16:06 AM PDT by bgill

Uturuncu is a nearly 20,000-foot-high (6,000 meters) volcano in southwest Bolivia. Scientists recently discovered the volcano is inflating with astonishing speed.

"I call this 'volcano forensics,' because we're using so many different techniques to understand this phenomenon," said Oregon State University professor Shan de Silva, a volcanologist on the research team.

Researchers realized about five years ago that the area below and around Uturuncu is steadily rising — blowing up like a giant balloon under a wide disc of land some 43 miles (70 kilometers) across. Satellite data revealed the region was inflating by 1 to 2 centimeters (less than an inch) per year and had been doing so for at least 20 years, when satellite observations began.

"It's one of the fastest uplifting volcanic areas on Earth," de Silva told OurAmazingPlanet."What we're trying to do is understand why there is this rapid inflation, and from there we'll try to understand what it's going to lead to."

(Excerpt) Read more at livescience.com ...


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KEYWORDS: southamerica; uturuncu; volcano
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It's no mystery. It's going to lead to a big explosion with lots of hot lava running down the sides.

1 posted on 10/24/2011 11:16:17 AM PDT by bgill
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To: bgill

Spoil sport.


2 posted on 10/24/2011 11:22:56 AM PDT by Misterioso (There is nothing so naive as cynicism. - Ayn Rand)
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To: bgill

Think of it like a great big pimple.


3 posted on 10/24/2011 11:23:23 AM PDT by Oberon (Big Brutha Be Watchin'.)
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To: bgill

LOL, nice. But this land rise is 43 miles across.

I guess a solid ‘root’ detached in the hot layer and the land above it is rebounding.


4 posted on 10/24/2011 11:26:54 AM PDT by agere_contra ("Debt is the foundation of destruction" : Sarah Palin.)
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To: bgill

...leading to a massive erruption that could have global consequences....


5 posted on 10/24/2011 11:34:15 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: bgill

Somewhere ...you just know these guys are gonna tie it all to global warming.....or George Bush...


6 posted on 10/24/2011 11:34:21 AM PDT by mo
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To: bgill

Everest isn’t even 9,000 feet high. I’m assuming this volcano so much higher because it’s on much lower ground to begin with?


7 posted on 10/24/2011 11:34:55 AM PDT by Fantasywriter
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To: mo

“..or George Bush...”

I can’t tell if the joke is stale, or if George Bush is stale.

Or both.


8 posted on 10/24/2011 11:35:59 AM PDT by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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To: bgill
Rapidly Inflating Volcano Creates Growing Mystery

A metaphor for the US economy?

9 posted on 10/24/2011 11:36:54 AM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: bgill

That’s a bit graphic for FR these days. Could you rephrase your commentary?


10 posted on 10/24/2011 11:36:54 AM PDT by John W (Natural-born US citizen since 1955)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

An Earth shattering KaBoom!


11 posted on 10/24/2011 11:40:27 AM PDT by dis.kevin (Dry white toast)
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To: Fantasywriter

???
Mt Everest summit is around 27,000’ above sea level.


12 posted on 10/24/2011 11:41:11 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: ArrogantBustard

Well I’ve never claimed to be a number person. I’ve been reading a lot about Everest lately, and it’s consistently referred to as one of the ‘8,000-plus’ peaks. Obviously the reference is not to ‘feet’. Oh well.


13 posted on 10/24/2011 11:45:30 AM PDT by Fantasywriter
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To: bgill

If you have a globe handy, put one finger on Uturuncu and another finger Krakatau.


14 posted on 10/24/2011 11:46:40 AM PDT by Cold Heart
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To: ArrogantBustard

Age of Everest:
Everest was formed about 60 million years ago
Elevation:
29,035 (8850m)-found to be 6’ higher in 1999


15 posted on 10/24/2011 11:48:22 AM PDT by mazda77 (and I am a Native Texan)
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To: Fantasywriter

The 19,711 feet summit is distance above sea level, not measured from the surrounding base.

http://www.volcano.si.edu/world/volcano.cfm?vnum=1505076A


16 posted on 10/24/2011 11:49:22 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: bgill

I think we should hit it with bunker busters and see what happens?


17 posted on 10/24/2011 11:52:25 AM PDT by Scythian
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To: Fantasywriter; mazda77
"8,000 plus" is meters.

And I have been corrected. Everest was 29,035 feet in 1999.

It's probably a foot or so higher, now.

18 posted on 10/24/2011 11:56:19 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: agere_contra

Next begs the question, how fast is this rapid rise? Seems through your terminology you know a thing or two about geology, or did you stay in Holiday Inn Express last night?


19 posted on 10/24/2011 11:57:48 AM PDT by mazda77 (and I am a Native Texan)
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To: ArrogantBustard

Yes, I did read that it continues to rise, very very slowly. I also read that the peak is marine limestone, which I found interesting. Not that everyone is as fascinated by Everest as I am, but the number of dead bodies on the upper slopes is fairly staggering. One in ten who attempt to summit die, usually on the way down. The freak storm in ‘96 was the single most lethal climbing disaster. Eight people, including two guides, died during that one event.


20 posted on 10/24/2011 12:02:13 PM PDT by Fantasywriter
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To: Cold Heart
put one finger on Uturuncu and another finger Krakatau.

Which finger do I pull?

21 posted on 10/24/2011 12:23:53 PM PDT by frithguild (Restricting access to capital - liberalism - the sharpest tool of big business, banks, etc.)
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To: bgill

Yes, “spoil sport” as another poster already said. You beat us all to the punch.

Either the reporters or the scientists that were reported missed High School Science 101.


22 posted on 10/24/2011 12:23:53 PM PDT by Wuli
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To: bgill

Maybe there is a smokin hot mamma volcano he just spied, that might get a rise out of it..

aw shucks come on blow your top..lets see what ya got..


23 posted on 10/24/2011 12:32:43 PM PDT by aces
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To: Oberon

It’ll be like Bluto Blutarsky impersonating a zit but only bigger.


24 posted on 10/24/2011 12:34:20 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: bgill
"What we're trying to do is understand why there is this rapid inflation, and from there we'll try to understand what it's going to lead to."

"It'll be blowed up real good!"


25 posted on 10/24/2011 12:36:51 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (Obama is the least qualified guy in whatever room he walks into.)
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To: aces

Volcano
By: jimmy buffett, keith sykes, harry dailey
1979
Chorus:
Now i don’t know
I don’t know
I don’t know where i’m a gonna go
When the volcano blow

Chorus:
Let me say now i don’t know
I don’t know
I don’t know where i’m a gonna go
When the volcano blow

Ground she’s movin’ under me
Tidal waves out on the sea
Sulphur smoke up in the sky
Pretty soon we learn to fly

Chorus:
Let me hear ya now i don’t know
I don’t know
I don’t know where i’m a gonna go
When the volcano blow

Now my girl quickly say to me
Mon you better watch your feet
Lava come down soft and hot
You better lava me now or lava me not

Chorus:
Let me say now i don’t know
I don’t know
I don’t know where i’m a gonna go
When the volcano blow

No time to count what i’m worth
‘cause i just left the planet earth
Where i go i hope there’s rum
Not to worry mon soon come

Chorus:
Now i don’t know
I don’t know
I don’t know where i’m a gonna go
When the volcano blow

Chorus:
One more now i don’t know (ah he don’t know)
I don’t know (he don’t know, mon)
I don’t know where i’m a gonna go
When the volcano blow

But i don’t want to land in new york city
Don’t want to land in mexico (no no no)
Don’t want to land on no three mile island
Don’t want to see my skin aglow (no no no)

Don’t want to land in commanche sky park
Or in nashville, tennessee (no no no)
Don’t want to land in no san juan airport
Or the yukon territory (no no no)

Don’t want to land no san diego
Don’t want to land in no buzzards bay (no no no)
Don’t want to land on no ayotollah
I got nothing more to say

Chorus:
I don’t know
I don’t know
I don’t know where i’m a gonna go
When the volcano blow

Chorus:
Just a one more, i don’t know (he don’t know)
I don’t know (i don’t know, man)
I don’t know where i’m a gonna go
When the volcano blow


26 posted on 10/24/2011 12:37:00 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: bgill

When was it’s last eruption? Hopefully, sooner than the 300,000 years. I’d rather not see another Pinatubo or worse.


27 posted on 10/24/2011 12:37:09 PM PDT by Darren McCarty (Perry and Cain I can support, but no Romney)
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28 posted on 10/24/2011 12:37:23 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: Cold Heart

“If you have a globe handy, put one finger on Uturuncu and another finger Krakatau.”

Check this out!

Anak Krakatau – Tremors increase to 5,000 a day
22OCT2011
http://iceagenow.info/2011/10/anak-krakatau-tremors-increase-5000-day/

With several earthquakes near south Sumatra in the 5.0- and 5.1-magnitude range today, authorities fear that Anak Krakatau is headed for an eruption that could dwarf the eruption in 2007.

Indonesia’s Volcanology and Geological Disasters Mitigation Center reported the numbers of seismic tremors now registering from the volcano have exceeded 5,000 a day.

There are also reports of a gaseous mist enshrouding the volcano in a yellowish haze – something that has never been observed at the volcano before.

Anak Krakatau was placed on orange (level 3) status alert on September 30, 2011.


29 posted on 10/24/2011 12:38:01 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: bgill

Also posted here.
http://iceagenow.info/2011/10/giant-super-volcano-awakening-bolivia/


30 posted on 10/24/2011 12:40:42 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Fantasywriter

It’s called Sagarmatha in Nepal. I love photos of the Himalayas, which is as close to them as I’m going to get, in this lifetime. (the “th” isn’t really pronounced like “th” in English, more of an aspirated “t”.)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sagarmatha_National_Park


31 posted on 10/24/2011 12:45:27 PM PDT by little jeremiah (We will have to go through hell to get out of hell.)
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To: mazda77

Oh heck no! I know flip-all about Geology: I just remember watching an excellent series on UK TV where geologists discussed this sort of thing.

I think the rate-of-change is about right.


32 posted on 10/24/2011 12:49:09 PM PDT by agere_contra ("Debt is the foundation of destruction" : Sarah Palin.)
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To: bgill

What he said:
Oregon State Professor de Silva, “It’s one of the fastest uplifting volcanic areas on Earth,” de Silva told OurAmazingPlanet.”What we’re trying to do is understand why there is this rapid inflation, and from there we’ll try to understand what it’s going to lead to.”

What he meant:
“We want more research money to fund trips back to my homeland to study this volcano. I gotta publish more papers to secure my tenure and if I don’t do this I may have to go find a real job.”

It seems pretty obvious to even the most casual observer that the volcano will erupt and that a huge magma chamber is filling that will perhaps result in a caldera type eruption (recall the size of Yellowstone).


33 posted on 10/24/2011 12:54:39 PM PDT by Sequoyah101 (Half the people are below average.)
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To: Fantasywriter

Did you forget a digit? Isn’t Everest 29000 feet high?


34 posted on 10/24/2011 12:55:19 PM PDT by dinodino
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To: Jack Hydrazine

good point about son of Krakatau.
and don’t forget Yellowstone.
or Iceland.
or that earthquakes of 7+
are 10 times more common now,
than 40 years ago.

...even without considering religion,
there are clearly global changes occuring.

and they don’t have anything to do with man-made CO2 !


35 posted on 10/24/2011 12:59:21 PM PDT by Elendur (It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: bgill
Satellite data revealed the region was inflating by 1 to 2 centimeters (less than an inch) per year and had been doing so for at least 20 years...

"rapidly" is not the word I would use to describe this level of activity - must be a volcano thing...

36 posted on 10/24/2011 1:01:54 PM PDT by jonno (Having an opinion is not the same as having the answer...)
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To: Fantasywriter

Mr Everest is 29,029 ft high. Over 5 miles


37 posted on 10/24/2011 1:07:01 PM PDT by dirtymac (Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country., Really! NOW!!!)
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To: Elendur
or that earthquakes of 7+ are 10 times more common now, than 40 years ago.

False.

What Apocalyptikook website did you get that gem from?

38 posted on 10/24/2011 1:07:11 PM PDT by Strategerist
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To: little jeremiah

Hi, lj—long time and good to see you! Thanks for the pronunciation tip. I had seen the name, but passed over it due to the inability to process the pronunciation. ;)

Fwiw, there is an ‘imax’ movie posted on youtube [quotes, since obviously on yt you don’t get the imax effect] on summiting Everest. Scares the bleep out of me. I’ve really gone whole hog, though—my current wallpaper is breathtaking—Everest at sunset with the jet stream whipping a flume of ice particles off the peak. Beautiful!

An aside: three dogs rehomed and one to go. She too got rehomed, but returned w’in a week due to behavior issues. I’m working on her—but I also spent last night winning an Ebay auction for a suitable dog crate. It should resolve the worst of it, and make her immanently adoptable. :)


39 posted on 10/24/2011 1:07:27 PM PDT by Fantasywriter
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To: Jack Hydrazine

“If you have a globe handy, put one finger on Uturuncu and another finger Krakatau.”

OK, I’m stumped. I do not have a globe but I pinned both places on Google Earth, and? They are close, 188° apart on the globe longitude but the lattitude is about 16° difference with Uturuncu being the southern most.

Is this alignment of any real significant geological importance? I ask because I am not well versed on geology.


40 posted on 10/24/2011 1:09:27 PM PDT by mazda77 (and I am a Native Texan)
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To: bgill

Really not as big as a deal as the kook sites desperate for a supervolcanic eruption would have it.

Iwo Jima lies within a decent size caldera, and it’s risen 130 feet in the last 200 years or so, with a smattering of tiny eruptions, nothing large.

http://www.volcano.si.edu/world/volcano.cfm?vnum=0804-12=


41 posted on 10/24/2011 1:11:40 PM PDT by Strategerist
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To: dirtymac

The ‘over five miles’ high is particularly helpful. Even knowing the 8000-+ refers to ‘meters’ doesn’t help me all that much because I’m not good at converting meters into something I can understand. :(


42 posted on 10/24/2011 1:18:58 PM PDT by Fantasywriter
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To: Fantasywriter

Excellent! Gosh, I didn’t realize you had four altogether. I’ve heard of dog crates. I used to feed my youngest when she was just learning to eat solid food while she sat in a plastic milk crate on the floor. It contained her and she thought it a fine way to eat.

:-D


43 posted on 10/24/2011 1:32:54 PM PDT by little jeremiah (We will have to go through hell to get out of hell.)
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To: little jeremiah

What an adorable image—the little one in the plastic milk crate. I hope you got some pics.

Ebay auctions for dog crates are very competitive because they are much cheaper even w shipping than what you get retail. I was very thankful to win the auction, which saved a nice chunk of change. I’m planning to ask a minimal rehoming fee, to recoup part of it.


44 posted on 10/24/2011 1:39:18 PM PDT by Fantasywriter
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To: frithguild

On the other hand, I have five fingers.


45 posted on 10/24/2011 1:56:57 PM PDT by Cold Heart
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To: mazda77

I posted the global finger thingy. There have been articles about increased activity at (Anak) Krakatau and I picked up my globe and noticed how close to either side of the equater both possible eruptions were. Also on opposite sides of the globe.

If they both blow ash into the atmosphere at the equater at near the same time there will be big problems. In fact when the Icelandic eruptions were recently taking place my 5yo grandson told me that “Iceland had big problems” This could be a whole lot bigger. I will post my grandson’s comments here on the Equatorial eruptions when they occur:) If we still have internet that is.


46 posted on 10/24/2011 2:12:03 PM PDT by Cold Heart
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To: Elendur

You know Al Gore is going to blame on CO2 in some twisted fashion or form.

Yeppers! Cataclysm city here we come! Don’t the Christians say the world is going to be destroyed by fire? Here ya go!

Maybe this is the change the Leftists are looking for. I bet if we threw them into all of the volcanoes Pele or Vulcan will be satisfied with the sacrifice we made and we’ll get in return is a burp or two just to let us know they were good eating.

I hope all the FReepers are stocked up.


47 posted on 10/24/2011 2:33:04 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: dinodino

We now live in the post-modern era where all the answers are right except the correct one!


48 posted on 10/24/2011 2:37:00 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: bgill
It's no mystery. It's going to lead to a big explosion with lots of hot lava running down the sides.

Sounds like one of them darn volcanoes I keep hearing tell tale about.

49 posted on 10/24/2011 2:40:22 PM PDT by SamAdams76 (Herman Cain 2012)
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To: Strategerist

Probably this one!
http://heavenawaits.wordpress.com/earthquakes-increase-in-end-times/


50 posted on 10/24/2011 2:42:48 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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