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Thermal Hot Spot Melts Yellowstone Road
The Wall Street Journal ^ | July 11, 2014 | Associated Press

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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TOPICS: Local News; Outdoors; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: booboo; caldera; catastrophism; fireholelakedrive; hotspot; jellystonepark; wyoming; yellowstone; yogibear
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The article goes on to say that the damage to the road is unusually severe.
1 posted on 07/13/2014 3:32:06 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I think... it’s gonna blow soon. I think the park is gonna blow.


2 posted on 07/13/2014 3:34:15 PM PDT by wastedyears (Everything Obama does wrong is Bush's fault.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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.

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?

3 posted on 07/13/2014 3:38:12 PM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
If we don't stop Global Warming, ALL of our roads will soon look like this. It's the truth, I tell ya!!

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:


4 posted on 07/13/2014 3:38:15 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

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.


5 posted on 07/13/2014 3:40:18 PM PDT by Yogafist
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

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.


6 posted on 07/13/2014 3:41:16 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
I saw a segment about the roads on the news the other evening. They only mentioned the heat causing it, not were it was coming from.

Can-can festival going on at Shop Rite, need to stock up on the canned good again.

7 posted on 07/13/2014 3:43:36 PM PDT by mware
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

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.


8 posted on 07/13/2014 3:43:42 PM PDT by ansel12 (LEGAL immigrants, 30 million 1980-2012, continues to remake the nation's electorate for democrats)
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To: wastedyears

Could be losing 4 GOP states if it goes boom


9 posted on 07/13/2014 3:43:46 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Heck, that’d be a darned good road here in PA.


10 posted on 07/13/2014 3:44:14 PM PDT by carriage_hill (Some days you're the windshield, and some days you're the bug.)
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To: wastedyears

No one in South or Central America will want to sneak into the country after that.


11 posted on 07/13/2014 3:44:24 PM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

I’m trying to figure out why people really want to see this geyser??


12 posted on 07/13/2014 3:44:26 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: ansel12

and that tar would stick to your feet, right?

I hated that


13 posted on 07/13/2014 3:44:59 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Texas Eagle
Yeah. Nothing more reassuring than a bunch of bureaucrats who think they can overcome the effects of a super-volcano.

Yeah. The EPA will probably make them put a safety relief valve on that thing.

14 posted on 07/13/2014 3:47:12 PM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: GeronL

*when* it goes boom.

It’s like where I live- on a fault in California- merely a “when” not an “if”.


15 posted on 07/13/2014 3:47:17 PM PDT by RedStateRocker (Nuke Mecca, deport all illegal aliens, abolish the IRS, DEA and ATF.)
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To: GeronL

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.


16 posted on 07/13/2014 3:50:11 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I think an eruption here would be the best political and cultureal move we, as a nation, could make.


17 posted on 07/13/2014 3:50:39 PM PDT by Born to Conserve
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

She’s gonna blow, Cap’n!


18 posted on 07/13/2014 3:51:44 PM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" means something different to 0bama.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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19 posted on 07/13/2014 3:56:44 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: Sacajaweau
You should skip White Dome Geyser and head straight to the nearby famous Mushroom Pool: "The thermophilic bacterium Thermus aquaticus, important because it produces an enzyme used in polymerase chain reaction laboratory procedures central to modern molecular biology, was first isolated from Mushroom Pool, a non-eruptive hot spring a few hundred feet from White Dome Geyser."

You may ask "What in the world is Polymerase Chain Reaction?"

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:

PCR has become an important tool for medical diagnosis. PCR can detect and identify bacteria and viruses that cause infections such as tuberculosis, chlamydia, viral meningitis, viral hepatitis, HIV, cytomegalovirus and many others. Once primers are designed for the DNA of a specific organism, using PCR to detect the presence or absence of a pathogen in a patient’s blood or tissues is a simple experiment.

PCR is also used in genetic testing, to determine whether patients carry a genetic mutation that could be passed on to their children (e.g. the mutation that causes cystic fibrosis) or to determine disease risk in patients themselves (e.g. a mutation in the gene BRCA1 predisposes a woman to breast or ovarian cancer). PCR is used to amplify the gene, which is then sequenced to look for mutations.

PCR is used in genome sequencing, including the Human Genome Project. Using random primers (not a specific sequence), the entire genome of an organism can be amplified in pieces. Once the pieces are amplified, they must be sequenced and then put back together to determine the genome sequence

Now THAT is why you want to go see the geyser!

20 posted on 07/13/2014 3:58:13 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Fear Not!!!

We have a President that can stop the rising seas and heal the earths burning fever...

What's a little super volcano to a man of his stature and ability ?

21 posted on 07/13/2014 3:58:54 PM PDT by Popman ("Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God" - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: GeronL

Yep, it was kind of amazing how much hot tar we could collect on the bottom of our feet by the end of a day.

I bet kids don’t even go barefooted anymore, for entire days.


22 posted on 07/13/2014 4:03:27 PM PDT by ansel12 (LEGAL immigrants, 30 million 1980-2012, continues to remake the nation's electorate for democrats)
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To: gorush

Most states don’t even have thurs.


23 posted on 07/13/2014 4:04:45 PM PDT by ansel12 (LEGAL immigrants, 30 million 1980-2012, continues to remake the nation's electorate for democrats)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Chinese asphalt?


24 posted on 07/13/2014 4:05:25 PM PDT by informavoracious (Open your eyes, people!)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

That was hard to clean up!


25 posted on 07/13/2014 4:05:51 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Glad we visited there on July 3, not this week.


26 posted on 07/13/2014 4:08:21 PM PDT by 05 Mustang GT Rocks
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To: 75thOVI; agrace; aimhigh; Alice in Wonderland; AndrewC; aragorn; aristotleman; Avoiding_Sulla; ...
Thanks Tolerance Sucks Rocks.

27 posted on 07/13/2014 4:09:16 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: GeronL

We’d lose a lot more than that all over the world, what with the ensuing nuclear winter...


28 posted on 07/13/2014 4:11:11 PM PDT by wastedyears (Everything Obama does wrong is Bush's fault.)
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To: wastedyears

OHmigosh, if it does, like are we all gonna die?

Like, are we so not gonna give a hoot about Obama, etc. because we are all going to be D.E.A.D. dead?

This thing sounds super scary.

I am in New Jersey, am I going to die if this volcano blows?

You see, I ask about us all, but really I only care about me!

Do not like this “the road is melting” story one little bit.


29 posted on 07/13/2014 4:23:05 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Where are you going to go when the volcano blows Mr. Utley?

5.56mm


30 posted on 07/13/2014 4:27:10 PM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

31 posted on 07/13/2014 4:28:21 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

That looks like your average road in Pennsylvania.

But that road is likely to get fixed a lot sooner than any PA road.


32 posted on 07/13/2014 4:31:49 PM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: cripplecreek

Yeah, the road in front of our family home was tar and chip. As kids, we’d go out and pop the tar bubbles when the stuff pooled in the road, and used to tear up chunks and play with it like it was Play Doh. We were weird kids.


33 posted on 07/13/2014 4:36:23 PM PDT by Viking2002 (Just because I'm paranoid, it doesn't mean I'm wrong.)
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To: GeronL; wastedyears

We could lose a LOT of states if this thing blows. #collapse

The ash and lava shall fall on the liberals and conservatives alike.


34 posted on 07/13/2014 4:38:13 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (They're not illegals, they're crimmigrants!)
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To: Born to Conserve
I think an eruption here would be the best political and cultureal move we, as a nation, could make.

Maybe it will have a bimbo eruption.

35 posted on 07/13/2014 4:40:12 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (They're not illegals, they're crimmigrants!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Have the liberals blamed it on fracking yet?

Along with the earthquakes in Oklahoma and Mauna Loa coming back to life, it sounds like the North American plate is acting up.

-PJ

36 posted on 07/13/2014 4:48:13 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: wastedyears

> I think... it’s gonna blow soon. I think the park is gonna blow.

If Yellowstone did blow it would be of epic Revelation proportions. The damage would most likely kill people in very large numbers in multiple states.


37 posted on 07/13/2014 5:16:57 PM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: wastedyears
A couple of months ago there were reports of animal streaming out of the Yellowstone area. Not a good sign.

If it blows, it will be a double catastrophe, because the muslim community organizer will have no idea how to respond, and he won't care anyway.

38 posted on 07/13/2014 5:33:42 PM PDT by The Sons of Liberty (I want 0bama to make history - First to be IMPEACHED and REMOVED!)
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To: ansel12

When I grew up in the Delta, we use to roll sticks in the road to make tomahawks.


39 posted on 07/13/2014 5:41:19 PM PDT by razorback-bert (Due to the high price of ammo, no warning shot will be fired.)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
Firehole Lake Drive is closed

Aptly named road!

40 posted on 07/13/2014 5:52:12 PM PDT by Flick Lives ("I can't believe it's not Fascism!")
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I read somewhere, this is at least in part weather-related?

Just don’t want people getting all alarmed.

:D


41 posted on 07/13/2014 5:54:37 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c5700.html#2013)
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To: ansel12

Well, in NEW JERSEY, we figured the tar on our feet was like free shoes.


42 posted on 07/13/2014 6:23:11 PM PDT by dr_lew
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To: GeronL
In eastern North Carolina it only stuck to our heels.

Garde la Foi, mes amis! Nous nous sommes les sauveurs de la République! Maintenant et Toujours!
(Keep the Faith, my friends! We are the saviors of the Republic! Now and Forever!)

LonePalm, le Républicain du verre cassé (The Broken Glass Republican)

43 posted on 07/13/2014 7:14:13 PM PDT by LonePalm (Commander and Chef)
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To: LonePalm

*facepalm*


44 posted on 07/13/2014 7:15:08 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

“Goodbye Yellowstone Road . . . .” (with apologies to Elton John)


45 posted on 07/13/2014 8:01:50 PM PDT by MoochPooch (I'm a compassionate cynic.)
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To: ClearBlueSky

Here’s the story I told you about.


46 posted on 07/13/2014 8:21:12 PM PDT by Shadowstrike (Be polite, Be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Looks like Wilshire Blvd. in L.A. The mayor should be ashamed.
47 posted on 07/13/2014 10:03:08 PM PDT by FlyFisher
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To: GeronL
"Could be losing 4 GOP states if it goes boom"

A lot more than that. You could see the same effects as an:

Impact Winter

An impact winter is a period of prolonged cold weather due to the impact of a large asteroid or comet on the Earth's surface. If an asteroid were to strike land or a shallow body of water, it would eject an enormous amount of dust, ash, and other material into the atmosphere, blocking the radiation from the sun. This would cause the global temperature to decrease drastically.[1][2] If an asteroid or comet with the diameter of about 5 km (3.1 mi) or more were to hit in a large deep body of water or explode before hitting the surface, there would still be an enormous amount of debris ejected into the atmosphere.[1][2][3] It has been proposed that an impact winter could lead to mass extinction, wiping out many of the world's existing species.

Toba, Indonesia's Super volcano, Almost Wiped Out Mankind

Alongside gigantic Tsunami waves, there was the unimaginable amount of 2800 cubic kilometres of ejected ash, which, evenly spread throughout our planet’s atmosphere, should have reduced the total number of humans to just 5000 to 10,000 survivors, as the Australian vulcanologist Prof. Ray Cas explains in an interview

48 posted on 07/14/2014 6:04:32 AM PDT by blam
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To: GeronL; SunkenCiv; All

I recall reading somewhere that while they have a megavolcanoe at around 6 or 7 hundred thousand year intervals, there have been something like 70 more local events since the last one about 640,000 years ago. So that would be about one every 10,000 years.


49 posted on 07/15/2014 10:14:49 PM PDT by gleeaikin
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To: gleeaikin

Are we “due” for one?


50 posted on 07/15/2014 10:28:01 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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