Skip to comments.This Is the Way the World Ends? Volcanoes Could Darken World
Posted on 06/06/2012 7:25:44 PM PDT by presidio9
Are you worried about the end of life as we know it? Then don't just look to the sky for that catastrophic asteroid that could be heading our way. The end may come from right beneath your feet.
Super-volcanoes have probably caused more extinctions than asteroids. But until now it has been thought that these giant volcanoes took thousands of years to form -- and would remain trapped beneath the earth's crust for thousands more years -- before having much effect on the planet.
But new research indicates these catastrophic eruptions, possibly thousands of times more powerful than the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens, may happen only a few hundred years after the volcanoes form. In other words, they may have a very "short fuse," according to researchers at Vanderbilt University.
Such an event could make thermonuclear war or global warming seem trivial, spewing untold tons of ash into the atmosphere to block sunlight. The result would be many years of frigid temperatures, wiping out millions of species. A super-volcano that erupted 250 million years ago is now believed to have created the greatest mass extinction the world has ever seen, wiping out up to 95 percent of all plant and animal species. Some renegade scientists believe it was a volcano, not an asteroid, that killed off the dinosaurs 65 million years ago.
But is global suicide lurking right below our feet? Is a super-volcano about to blow its top? Not as far as scientists can tell. Such a volcano results from the accumulation of a giant pool of lava just a few miles below the ground, and there is no known formation anywhere on the planet that is expected to erupt in the immediate future.
Scientists, who could be wrong about that,
(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...
Let’s face it, we’re ALL going to die. Someday.
The key question is what is man doing to spur these volcanoes, and how many multiples of the total of the world’s GDP will have to be spent to stop it...
and, until the answers to those questions are known, we won’t really be able to become super volcano deniers.
“Such a volcano results from the accumulation of a giant pool of lava just a few miles below the ground, and there is no known formation anywhere on the planet that is expected to erupt in the immediate future.”
Admittedly didn’t click the link to read more. Yahoo news takes forever to load on dial up.
The quote above from the excerpt left me wondering about Yellowstone, and all the articles scaring the you-know-what out of us about how a huge percentage of the U.S. will go bye-bye when it explodes. NOT IF it explodes, but WHEN it explodes.
And some places in far east Russia.
I won't worry about what I can't do anything about. But it is good to double-check your insurance should something happen.
If Rankin/Bass taught us nothing else, surely we should have learned by now to obey Mother Nature...
So let’s hurry the global warming along to help counteract the cooling from one of these volcanoes erupting.
IOW they haven't reached a "consensus" declaring the science "settled"....look for this right about the time the EPA lackeys finish drafting some horrendous bill for kongress to pass stealing more of our money and freedom.
So all of this handwringing over “global cooling/warming/change” was for nothing?
No. Global warming/cooling is a perfectly natural process. The Sun, volcanoes, asteroids. The BS is Anthropogenic Global Warming.
Best to remember that we're all here for less than a speck of the larger picture of time and that no one or anything living gets out of here alive. Mortal coils are just that, squishy and vulverable vehicles made up mostly of water. But not to worry. We are souls and we have bodies and squatters' rights to this realm on a very short term lease.
Time for another trillion$ government spending on welfare "entitlements."
That cures everything!
< /sarc >
“global suicide lurking right below our feet?”
OK, here is what is behind this article: a bunch of vulcanologist are having a hard time finding employment.
What if YOU devoted 12 years to studying volcanoes and now need to pay student loans while your parents are wondering when you will move out of the basement?
SO, you write papers about the new GLOBAL CATASTROPHE AT ANY MOMENT from exploding mountains.
But wait! We don’t have enough information about the GLOBAL CATASTROPHE AT ANY MOMENT!
Quick! We must hire as many vulcanologists to study the impending doom as the Federal budget will permit!
This tactic is just like the Killer Bees, H1N1, mass extinction of sharks and global warming and ozone depletion scare — employment insurance for obscure science.
What was Algore thinking when he invented volcanos???
Mortal coils are just that, squishy and vulverable vehicles made up mostly of water.
That's the chemist's view of biology. A physicist would say that we're almost entirely empty space.
And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast [it] into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake.
Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.
And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe.
And you don't want to know what a cook thinks. ;)