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Rapidly Inflating Volcano Creates Growing Mystery (Bolivia)
Our Amazing Planet ^ | 10/19/11 | Anrea Mustain

Posted on 10/21/2011 5:12:18 AM PDT by winoneforthegipper

Should anyone ever decide to make a show called "CSI: Geology," a group of scientists studying a mysterious and rapidly inflating South American volcano have got the perfect storyline. Several universities are essentially working as geological detectives, using a suite of tools to piece together the restive peak's past in order to understand what it is doing now, and better diagnose what may lie ahead.

It's a mystery they've yet to solve.

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. [See images of the inflating volcano here.]

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


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bolivia; catastrophism; uturuncu; volcanoes
Close to dormant volcanoes like Nabro in Africa that erupted earlier this year....This one Uturuncu bears some watching.
1 posted on 10/21/2011 5:12:30 AM PDT by winoneforthegipper
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To: winoneforthegipper

if it keeps inflating wouldn’t it explode?


2 posted on 10/21/2011 5:16:33 AM PDT by Netizen (Path to citizenship = Scamnesty. If you give it away, more will come. Who's pilfering your wallet?)
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To: winoneforthegipper
"Scientists recently discovered the volcano is inflating with astonishing speed."

At the astonishing speed of 0.4 - 0.8 inches per year...

3 posted on 10/21/2011 5:19:16 AM PDT by Redbob (W.W.J.B.D.: "What Would Jack Bauer Do?")
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To: winoneforthegipper
"Scientists recently discovered the volcano is inflating with astonishing speed."

At the astonishing speed of 0.4 - 0.8 inches per year...

4 posted on 10/21/2011 5:19:16 AM PDT by Redbob (W.W.J.B.D.: "What Would Jack Bauer Do?")
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To: Errant

For your enjoyment....lol

Pics from the article...

http://www.ouramazingplanet.com/inflating-volcano-uturuncu-images-photos-2127/1


5 posted on 10/21/2011 5:19:58 AM PDT by winoneforthegipper ("If you can't ride two horses at once, you probably shouldn't be in the circus" - SP)
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To: Redbob

Though thought to be dead...it’s a big boy....that’s a lot of magma intrusion.


6 posted on 10/21/2011 5:23:03 AM PDT by winoneforthegipper ("If you can't ride two horses at once, you probably shouldn't be in the circus" - SP)
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To: Redbob

Mt. St. Helens north face was expanding up to 50 ft./day (IIRC) right before the 1980 eruption. That’s rather more impressive.


7 posted on 10/21/2011 5:25:52 AM PDT by Liberty1970 (30 yrs. ago we had Steve Jobs, Johnny Cash & Bob Hope.Now we have no jobs, no cash and no hope.)
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To: Netizen
Well unless a dermatologist lances it....lol
8 posted on 10/21/2011 5:26:08 AM PDT by winoneforthegipper ("If you can't ride two horses at once, you probably shouldn't be in the circus" - SP)
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To: Liberty1970

It is....but this is a loading of a thought to even be extinct volcano.


9 posted on 10/21/2011 5:30:47 AM PDT by winoneforthegipper ("If you can't ride two horses at once, you probably shouldn't be in the circus" - SP)
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To: winoneforthegipper

10 posted on 10/21/2011 5:37:15 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

That’s perfect!


11 posted on 10/21/2011 5:37:56 AM PDT by winoneforthegipper ("If you can't ride two horses at once, you probably shouldn't be in the circus" - SP)
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To: winoneforthegipper

Which volcano formed right in the middle of a battlefield in WW2 Italy? That wasn’t Vesuvius, was it?


12 posted on 10/21/2011 5:47:10 AM PDT by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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To: WKUHilltopper

http://www.warwingsart.com/12thAirForce/Vesuvius.html

Yes it was indeed.


13 posted on 10/21/2011 5:53:12 AM PDT by winoneforthegipper ("If you can't ride two horses at once, you probably shouldn't be in the circus" - SP)
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To: winoneforthegipper

Article says its in an area of densely packed super volcanoes. Isn’t Yellowstone also rising?


14 posted on 10/21/2011 5:54:49 AM PDT by wiggen (The teacher card. When the racism card just won't work.)
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To: wiggen

It was increasing steadily....but over the last year or so not so much.


15 posted on 10/21/2011 6:01:30 AM PDT by winoneforthegipper ("If you can't ride two horses at once, you probably shouldn't be in the circus" - SP)
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To: WKUHilltopper

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par%C3%ADcutin
Which volcano formed in a cornfield?


16 posted on 10/21/2011 7:26:08 AM PDT by Deaf Smith
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To: Liberty1970

Visited Mt. St. Helens with the wife in September. Still very impressive as are the aftereffects which are visible on the road leading to the main observation point.


17 posted on 10/21/2011 7:46:23 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: Deaf Smith

Paricutin in Mexico


18 posted on 10/21/2011 8:35:03 AM PDT by nuke rocketeer (File CONGRESS.SYS corrupted: Re-boot Washington D.C (Y/N)?)
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19 posted on 10/21/2011 9:09:52 AM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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Thanks winoneforthegipper.




20 posted on 10/21/2011 7:17:29 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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Yes, that is what happened with Mt. St. Helens.


21 posted on 10/21/2011 10:15:50 PM PDT by gleeaikin
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To: Redbob
At the astonishing speed of 0.4 - 0.8 inches per year...

From a 2007 article about Yellowstone:

The caldera floor, the ground of Yellowstone, has risen about 3 inches a year for the past three years. The rise is more than three times greater than the fastest observed since monitoring began in 1923, the study says.

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/695226889/Magma-rising-fast-under-Yellowstone.html

22 posted on 10/21/2011 10:16:24 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (999er for Cain.)
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To: winoneforthegipper
For your enjoyment...

Okaaaayyyyy.... I admit I'm somewhat of a firebug! LOL

One cubic meter per second is pretty impressive! Let's hope it's just taking a deep breath...

23 posted on 10/21/2011 11:25:24 PM PDT by Errant
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To: gleeaikin

Is there a way to release some of the pressure so that it doesn’t reach an explosion point?


24 posted on 10/22/2011 3:03:15 AM PDT by Netizen (Path to citizenship = Scamnesty. If you give it away, more will come. Who's pilfering your wallet?)
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To: Errant

It’s amazing it has a breath at all....lol

Hey before I forget you will love this new link towards everything Yellowstone....consider it an early Christmase present....lol

http://www.wsgs.uwyo.edu/Yellowstone/Default.aspx


25 posted on 10/22/2011 7:21:34 AM PDT by winoneforthegipper ("If you can't ride two horses at once, you probably shouldn't be in the circus" - SP)
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To: Netizen; SunkenCiv; All

If there is directionality to the bulge, then I would say the first thing is to get everyone out of the direction of the bulge for at least 10 miles away. Also identify underground areas within and beyond the danger zone to hide if you can’t move even farther away. When the north slope of Mt. St. Helens blew, it killed for at least 5 miles in that direction. After evacuation, one might try a very large explosive, but you would still probably have a very large pyroclastic blowout. It might be slightly better than waiting for nature?? Any other opinions out there?? Of course, then you might have legal liability issues.


26 posted on 10/23/2011 2:12:03 PM PDT by gleeaikin
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I finally got my stubborn computer to go to the continuation link. Now I see this volcano is way out in the middle of nowhere, and the bulge is not in the volcano itself. Also it is raising at a very slow rate. It is nothing like the bulge at Mt. St. Helens, nor is it like the 300 foot bulge not many years ago at a Japanese volcano. It may not be much of a danger to anyone unless it has a climate affecting superexplosion.


27 posted on 10/23/2011 8:53:14 PM PDT by gleeaikin
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To: gleeaikin

Thanks gleeaikin.


28 posted on 10/23/2011 8:57:05 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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