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Explosive Volcano May Lurk Beneath Death Valley
Live Science ^ | January 23, 2012

Posted on 01/23/2012 7:26:42 PM PST by george76

California's Death Valley, already one of the hottest places on Earth, may have the potential to get a whole lot hotter — and live up to its name in a surprising (and possibly scary) new way, according to new research.

Scientists have long known that the craters that pepper this dry landscape were formed by long-ago volcanic eruptions, triggered when hot magma ascending from inside the planet hit pockets of water.

Some researchers now think the area erupted far more recently than thought, meaning the parched swath of central California, home to desolate salt flats and scalding temperatures, could be primed for a follow-up.

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TOPICS: Outdoors
KEYWORDS: deathvalley; volcano

1 posted on 01/23/2012 7:26:45 PM PST by george76
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To: SunkenCiv

Ubehebe last erupted only 800 hundred years ago ?


2 posted on 01/23/2012 7:28:08 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76
However, there's a good chance the crater would provide plenty of warning ahead of any deadly fireworks. The awakening volcano could set off small earthquakes and open steam vents as early as a year before an eruption, the scientists noted.

Giving plenty of nature worshippers time to get up really good and close. Feel the power, dudes!
3 posted on 01/23/2012 7:35:48 PM PST by aruanan
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To: george76

Well, since I live only about 20 miles from Ubehebe Crater, I guess I’m doomed.


4 posted on 01/23/2012 8:03:30 PM PST by Inyo-Mono (My greatest fear is that when I'm gone my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them)
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To: george76
"...meaning the parched swath of central California,...

Death Valley is in "central California"?

I need some new maps.

5 posted on 01/23/2012 8:08:12 PM PST by SnuffaBolshevik (In a tornado, even turkeys can fly.)
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To: SnuffaBolshevik

“...meaning the parched swath of central California,...


I caught that, too.


6 posted on 01/23/2012 8:15:46 PM PST by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: SnuffaBolshevik; unkus
Death Valley is in "central California"?

Yeah, it doesn't get more "Eastern" California than Death Valley. Part of the park is in Nevada.

7 posted on 01/23/2012 8:20:08 PM PST by Inyo-Mono (My greatest fear is that when I'm gone my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them)
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To: Inyo-Mono
I spent some time at Ft Irwin. Makes Death Valley look pretty normal!
8 posted on 01/23/2012 8:31:22 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: george76

The Great Basin is a rift with blocks being thrust up and down, if you will. Death Valley is a garben or a block being thrust down between blocks that are being thust up. Lots of volcanic activity can be expected as evidenced by hot springs, etc. over time, Death Valley is sure to be active. That’s geologic time so I wouldn’t move just now.

A part of this is the horst possibly behind the Grand Canyon where a block was up thrust gradually all the while the Colorado River was cutting the canyon rapidly (once again, rapidly is a relative term). I recall there was a creationist article posted ridiculing geology for its denial of “the flood”. There have been any number of great (as in big) floods but they were likely of secondary importance in the Grand Canyon or Death Valley.


9 posted on 01/23/2012 8:39:55 PM PST by JimSEA
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To: JimSEA
Farther north the continent seems to be slowly moving over a hot spot. The force beneath Yellowstone caldera was once in southern Idaho where there is a large lava field, but the continent drifted westward.

Wouldn't this effect occur with the Death Valley region as well? IOW, might the next explosive eruption appear farther to the east?

10 posted on 01/23/2012 8:55:33 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: JimSEA
Death Valley is a garben

I'm sure you didn't mean 'garden'. So you meant 'graben?'

11 posted on 01/23/2012 8:56:23 PM PST by Misterioso
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To: Inyo-Mono

San Diego is almost east of Death Valley, I think.


12 posted on 01/23/2012 8:59:22 PM PST by Misterioso
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To: george76

Someone should tell the author of this piece, Sacramento in in the Central CA area. Death Valley is on the extreme eastern side of CA, literally on the Nevada border.


13 posted on 01/23/2012 8:59:46 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Inyo-Mono
Bar Bet: Los Angeles is East of Reno NV.

RN: 119.82194°W
LA: 117.83361°W

14 posted on 01/23/2012 9:01:27 PM PST by Mike Darancette (11/06/2012: Starts "Occupy the White House")
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To: Mike Darancette; Inyo-Mono
Uh, not sure of your point They are talking about central, as in the center of the state.

Death Valley is on the *extreme* eastern border, sitting on Nevada's front yard.

Death Valley is not considered central CA by any stretch of the imagination.

15 posted on 01/23/2012 9:06:15 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: george76

Is the volcanic area of Death Valley connected to the volcanic activity at Mammoth Mountain?

I think Mammoth shows more potential for becoming active in our lifetime than Death Valley. It vents some gas, and there are little earthquakes in the area from time to time.


16 posted on 01/23/2012 9:13:40 PM PST by married21 (As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.)
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To: george76

Just peachy! Another doomsday volcano!


17 posted on 01/23/2012 9:22:29 PM PST by yawningotter
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To: george76

How do you suppose the California Legislature is going to tax it?


18 posted on 01/23/2012 9:29:13 PM PST by righttackle44 (I may not be much, but I raised a United States Marine)
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To: Misterioso

Sorry, when you have a rift valley forming like the one in the Great Basin, horsts are blocks of crust that are pushed up and garbens are blocks that are pushed down as the crust at either margin are moving away from each other. So Death Valley is a garben where the hot stuff becomes closer to the surface. I think that the Kiabab (Sp?) Plateau is an example of a horst. Horsts and garbens are always next to each other. One goes up the other goes down and the two edges go east and west. From Google Earth, the African Great Rift Valley is the easiest to see. Rifting explains volcanos not above edge of the plate subduction zones.


19 posted on 01/23/2012 9:31:42 PM PST by JimSEA
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To: dragnet2

So Cal is LA, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Kern and Imperial Counties.

North of SF is Northern California. Death Valley is in Inyo County Central CA.


20 posted on 01/23/2012 9:33:54 PM PST by Mike Darancette (11/06/2012: Starts "Occupy the White House")
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To: Mike Darancette

Yes it is. And Death Valley is in far eastern CA.


21 posted on 01/23/2012 9:37:10 PM PST by Conservative4Ever (Waiting for the new tagline to download)
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To: hinckley buzzard

Death Valley is more like Africa’s Great Rift Valley than a hot spot. However, rifting can certainly appear over a hot spot. Iceland comes to mind though, I guess it is over a ridge most accurately.


22 posted on 01/23/2012 9:37:43 PM PST by JimSEA
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To: hinckley buzzard

“Yellowstone caldera “
________________________________

It is my understanding that if and when that sucker blows,
life in much of the USA will be all over but the shouting.


23 posted on 01/23/2012 9:54:48 PM PST by AlexW
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To: Mike Darancette

Death Valley is Central CA.

LOL!


24 posted on 01/23/2012 10:29:24 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Conservative4Ever
And Death Valley is in far eastern CA.

According to the guy in room #20, Death Valley is central CA, you know, just south of Sacramento near Stockton.

Or maybe CA has no central area, with only northern and southern parts of the state with no central region...So there ya have it, the only central part of the state is on the west coast and eastern borders...

Up is down, left is right...

Vote yes on no... Too funny!

25 posted on 01/23/2012 10:46:57 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: JimSEA

Do you think ‘garben’ is a word? Spell check is your friend.


26 posted on 01/24/2012 12:15:06 AM PST by Misterioso
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To: Inyo-Mono
Well, since I live only about 20 miles from Ubehebe Crater, I guess I’m doomed

Get rid of that Chevy Volt and get a real car - it will give you the range to get clear. /s

27 posted on 01/24/2012 3:42:05 AM PST by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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To: Misterioso

You are correct, I mistyped should be graben.


28 posted on 01/24/2012 4:29:10 AM PST by JimSEA
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To: dragnet2

No central CA....the folks in Fresno need to be informed about this. Lol :-)


29 posted on 01/24/2012 7:43:39 AM PST by Conservative4Ever (Waiting for the new tagline to download)
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