Skip to comments.Thermal Hot Spot Melts Yellowstone Road
Posted on 07/13/2014 3:32:06 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
CHEYENNE, Wyo.The ever-changing thermal geology of Yellowstone National Park has created a hot spot that melted an asphalt road and closed access to popular geysers and other attractions at the height of tourist season, officials said Thursday.
As they examined possible fixes, park officials warned visitors not to hike into the affected area, where the danger of stepping through solid-looking soil into boiling-hot water was high.
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I think... it’s gonna blow soon. I think the park is gonna blow.
Yeah. Nothing more reassuring than a bunch of bureaucrats who think they can overcome the effects of a super-volcano. Psssst. Hey guys. I know. Try raising the asphalt a few inches off the ground so it's not in direct contact with the source of the heat.
What's next? Trying to administer the health care system for 300 million people?
Actual Yellowstone road image from July 12, 2014.
I'm glad we visited 3 years ago on my 60th birthday rather than this July.
Firehole Lake Drive is closed:
I was on that road when they closed it. Its a one way drive , and when we completed it, the entrance was blocked. Thinking back, there was a portion if the road next to some boiling springs that was in very bad shape. I heard people talking about the road melting at another stop in the park, but assumed it was poor construction, and the warm temperature.
There were a couple of spots in my hometown where the tar bubbled out of the road. Apparently they caught the sun just right during the summer and got slicked with tar.
Can-can festival going on at Shop Rite, need to stock up on the canned good again.
It looks like the asphalt roads of my youth in Houston Texas, when we used to go barefooted, and crossing the road in summer was quite a feat of courage and pain endurance.
Could be losing 4 GOP states if it goes boom
Heck, that’d be a darned good road here in PA.
No one in South or Central America will want to sneak into the country after that.
I’m trying to figure out why people really want to see this geyser??
and that tar would stick to your feet, right?
I hated that
Yeah. The EPA will probably make them put a safety relief valve on that thing.
*when* it goes boom.
It’s like where I live- on a fault in California- merely a “when” not an “if”.
The ONLY thing worse than that tar sticking to your bare feet was it sticking to your sneakers and you then tracked it across Mom’s sparkling clean kitchen floor. I remember poor old Mom breaking down in tears after that.
I think an eruption here would be the best political and cultureal move we, as a nation, could make.
She’s gonna blow, Cap’n!
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PCR is a technique of amplifying a single copy of DNA. Thousands and millions of copies of DNA can be produced through this technique having particular sequences. Many primers, enzymes and other conditions are involved in this process. It is often used in DNA fingerprinting, DNA profiling and other tests which are necessary. Its applications range from research to the commercial sector.
It has revolutionized medicine and forensics:
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Now THAT is why you want to go see the geyser!
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