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Yellowstone Supervolcano "Even More Colossal" Than Thought
BBC ^ | 12-10-2013 | Rebecca Morelle

Posted on 12/13/2013 6:20:25 PM PST by TroutGuy

The supervolcano that lies beneath Yellowstone National Park in the US is far larger than was previously thought, scientists report.

A study shows that the magma chamber is about 2.5 times bigger than earlier estimates suggested.

A team found the cavern stretches for more than 90km (55 miles) and contains 200-600 cubic km of molten rock.

The findings are being presented at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in San Francisco.

Prof Bob Smith, from the University of Utah, said: “We’ve been working there for a long time, and we’ve always thought it would be bigger... but this finding is astounding."

If the Yellowstone supervolcano were to blow today, the consequences would be catastrophic.

The last major eruption, which occurred 640,000 years ago, sent ash across the whole of North America, affecting the planet’s climate.

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Wyoming
KEYWORDS: booboo; caldera; catastrophism; earthquake; earthquakes; jellystone; pipsqueak; supervolcano; volcano; volcanos; wyoming; yellowstone; yellowstonecaldera; yellowstonevolcano; yogibear
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In other cheerful recent developments at Yellowstone, this past September saw what was by far the biggest swarm of earthquakes since they've been using seismometers at the park. There were three separate swarms going at once- there had not previously been even two going simultaneously.

http://www.komonews.com/news/national/Swarm-of-earthquakes-shakes-Yellowstone-224773612.html

Not many noticed since the park was closed for the shutdowns. Some Yellowstone conspiracy types even suggested the shutdown was a coverup for the swarm, which I thought was pretty funny. :)

1 posted on 12/13/2013 6:20:25 PM PST by TroutGuy
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To: TroutGuy

That’s a lot of gas buildup.


2 posted on 12/13/2013 6:22:31 PM PST by wastedyears (The Ender's Game movie was a stupendous, colossal, galactic failure to me.)
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To: wastedyears

“That’s a lot of gas buildup.”

Just drop the world’s biggest TUMS down there and we should be fine. :)


3 posted on 12/13/2013 6:23:24 PM PST by TroutGuy
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To: TroutGuy

NOW they’ll get their gorebull warming


4 posted on 12/13/2013 6:24:48 PM PST by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: TroutGuy


5 posted on 12/13/2013 6:27:11 PM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: TroutGuy

WE ARE ALL GONNA DIE!!


6 posted on 12/13/2013 6:28:26 PM PST by doc1019 (Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what happened!)
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To: TroutGuy

I say we take off and nuke it from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.


7 posted on 12/13/2013 6:29:12 PM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: TroutGuy

“That’s a lot of gas buildup.”

Just drop the world’s biggest TUMS down there and we should be fine. :)

OMG! We are gonna die even more than we were gonna die before!


8 posted on 12/13/2013 6:29:22 PM PST by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: TroutGuy

I’m sorry but your super volcano does not have permission to erupt. It would kill all of the grizzlies and they are a protected species under Federal law.


9 posted on 12/13/2013 6:29:27 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: TroutGuy

We can fix this, we need to drill multiple deep “wells” to harvest geothermal energy and harvest the excess heat energy and gas wells to relieve the excess pressure.


10 posted on 12/13/2013 6:30:27 PM PST by GraceG
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To: TroutGuy


11 posted on 12/13/2013 6:30:58 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: TroutGuy
For those who may not know, Yellowstone is just the current location of a deeply rooted hot spot. The trail began in Oregon.

Below: yellow circles are the previous locations.

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12 posted on 12/13/2013 6:33:48 PM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Red_Devil 232

If you like your pyroclastic cloud, you can keep your pyroclastic cloud.


13 posted on 12/13/2013 6:34:22 PM PST by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: knarf

http://www.erh.noaa.gov/car/Newsletter/htm_format_articles/climate_corner/yearwithoutsummer_lf.htm

More like Decade without Summer if Yellowstone blows!


14 posted on 12/13/2013 6:35:18 PM PST by BwanaNdege (Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable. J.F. Kennedy)
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To: TroutGuy

Driving from West Yellowstone down the Snake River Valley makes the thing seem really large.


15 posted on 12/13/2013 6:36:42 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Charles Martel

That is just the initial burp!


16 posted on 12/13/2013 6:40:18 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: ETL
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17 posted on 12/13/2013 6:40:34 PM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: TroutGuy

Surely, surely the PhD, 6-figure superheros as the EPA can put their collective heads together to solve this...I figure if 1000 Priuses drive around the volcano for 10 hrs straight, and utter, “Ummmmm” and spin around some crystals and vibrating rocks and smoke some weed, the volcano will listen to their pleas.


18 posted on 12/13/2013 6:41:09 PM PST by CincyRichieRich (“Some animals are more equal than others" - George Orwell)
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To: TroutGuy

Apology for inserting something irrelevant, but reading about the earthquakes and Prof Bob Smith’s name made me free associate to the Freeper Wobbly Bob, but looking him up reveals we haven’t heard from him for almost two years. I miss him, as I do other Freepers who suddenly drop from the forum without a trace, I hope he is doing well.


19 posted on 12/13/2013 6:41:19 PM PST by gusopol3
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To: BwanaNdege

It’s unlikely we will see a super-eruption in our lifetimes, but there has been increased seismic activity in the park in recent years, starting with a large swarm in January 2009.

That suggests that we may well see some very scary event like a hydrothermal explosion or even a smaller eruption in our lifetimes.

There’s a lot of scary stuff that can happen at Yellowstone short of a super-eruption. I follow this fairly closely since it will be my rear end if it goes off, and the September swarm definitely got my attention.


20 posted on 12/13/2013 6:42:08 PM PST by TroutGuy
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To: CincyRichieRich

One thing about volcanoes— they never listen.


21 posted on 12/13/2013 6:42:36 PM PST by gusopol3
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To: All

BTW, the previous hot spot eruptions blew apart mountains as it trailed to its current at Yellowstone. Check out the path it made through the mountainous terrain in post 12.


22 posted on 12/13/2013 6:45:50 PM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: ETL

trailed = traveled


23 posted on 12/13/2013 6:47:21 PM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: CincyRichieRich

How about a massive sideways drilling project starting way up in Canada to vent the magma off in about 40 different directions across the northern territories, producing a bunch of smaller and short lived volcanoes, relieving the pressure in Yellowstone and priming Canada for some great volcanic soil during the next interglacial about 100,000 years from now?


24 posted on 12/13/2013 6:47:44 PM PST by aruanan
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To: TroutGuy

Yellowstone volcanos explodes!!!! Women, children and minorities hit hardest!!!! Film at ELEVEN!!!


25 posted on 12/13/2013 6:50:24 PM PST by Forrestfire (Don't expect to build up the weak by pulling down the strong. Calvin Coolidge)
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To: aruanan

Yeah, you eventually get good soil from volcanoes. Eventually. Initially, however, any ashfall greater than several inches will suffocate the living organisms in the soil and leave it sterile. So say goodbye to much of our agricultural production for a few generations if it blows.


26 posted on 12/13/2013 6:52:16 PM PST by TroutGuy
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To: aruanan

How about a massive sideways drilling project starting way up in Canada to vent the magma off in about 40 different directions across the northern territories, producing a bunch of smaller and short lived volcanoes, relieving the pressure in Yellowstone and priming Canada for some great volcanic soil during the next interglacial about 100,000 years from now?


You are on to something; and, prior to 0bummer, that would be a noble, rally the US project like man on the moon...but, 0bummer turned NASA into a Muslim outreach project.


27 posted on 12/13/2013 6:53:03 PM PST by CincyRichieRich (“Some animals are more equal than others" - George Orwell)
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To: Mastador1

The whole Earth groans, and cries because of the sin of the people that live on it’s crust. An ancient book speaks about the Earth vomiting out its inhabitants.


28 posted on 12/13/2013 6:55:07 PM PST by rovenstinez (,)
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To: CincyRichieRich
Surely, surely the PhD, 6-figure superheros as the EPA can put their collective heads together to solve this...I figure if 1000 Priuses drive around the volcano for 10 hrs straight, and utter, “Ummmmm” and spin around some crystals and vibrating rocks and smoke some weed, the volcano will listen to their pleas.

Didn't ancient cultures offer sacrifices to volcanoes? How about a few hundred liberals a day. To start.
29 posted on 12/13/2013 7:00:16 PM PST by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: rovenstinez

The whole Earth groans, and cries because of the sin of the people that live on it’s crust. An ancient book speaks about the Earth vomiting out its inhabitants.

Really? Because I thought that there was this ancient book about a benevolent being who created the earth than put man, it’s inhabitants, upon it to use it for “their” good. or was I mistaken?


30 posted on 12/13/2013 7:00:46 PM PST by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: CincyRichieRich

OoooooKAY, how about a sideways drilling project to vent it all in Mecca?

Would that be enough muslim outreach?


31 posted on 12/13/2013 7:03:11 PM PST by null and void (I'm betting on an Obama Trifecta: A Nobel Peace Prize, an Impeachment, AND a War Crimes Trial...)
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To: ETL

How can that be if the Earth is only 6000 years old?


32 posted on 12/13/2013 7:03:42 PM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: TroutGuy

Yellowstone magma/lava is generally rhyolitic. In other words, it’s made of the same stuff as granite, rich in silica. I think good soils only come from basaltic and possibly andesitic lavas. Andesitic is a combination of the two.


33 posted on 12/13/2013 7:05:05 PM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Moonman62

Perhaps Einstein had the answer: time is relative. :)


34 posted on 12/13/2013 7:07:02 PM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: TroutGuy
"Just drop the world’s biggest TUMS down there and we should be fine. :)

Nah, toss in popcorn!

35 posted on 12/13/2013 7:08:19 PM PST by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: TroutGuy

Well heck, let’s just start fracking there. Pump the molten rock up and make bricks.


36 posted on 12/13/2013 7:14:29 PM PST by Usagi_yo
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To: ETL
it’s made of the same stuff as granite

When it blows, it should lower the price of counter tops! ;-)

37 posted on 12/13/2013 7:27:30 PM PST by Right Wing Assault
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To: Right Wing Assault

I wouldn’t take that for granite...


38 posted on 12/13/2013 7:37:47 PM PST by null and void (I'm betting on an Obama Trifecta: A Nobel Peace Prize, an Impeachment, AND a War Crimes Trial...)
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To: gusopol3
One thing about volcanoes— they never listen.

Not according to traditional believers in our newest state. Pele, the volcano god, can be appeased. Find the most important Hawaiian you can and feed him to the volcano.

39 posted on 12/13/2013 7:40:50 PM PST by JohnBovenmyer (Obama been Liberal. Hope Change!)
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To: doc1019

Well yeah , a supereruption will kill most of us.
Could happen tomorrow, could happen in a thousand years.
Nobody knows. But based on past history it’s overdue and
Statistically will happen again.


40 posted on 12/13/2013 7:42:03 PM PST by Kozak ("Send them back your fierce defiance! Stamp upon the cursed alliance! To arms, to arms in Dixie!)
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To: doc1019

“WE ARE ALL GONNA DIE!!”

...Episode 6,342,938.


41 posted on 12/13/2013 7:42:10 PM PST by EEGator
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To: EEGator

LOL!


42 posted on 12/13/2013 7:42:59 PM PST by doc1019 (Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what happened!)
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To: gleeaikin; 75thOVI; agrace; aimhigh; Alice in Wonderland; AndrewC; aragorn; aristotleman; ...

Thanks TroutGuy.

43 posted on 12/13/2013 7:45:06 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: Moonman62

Adam and Eve were created as fully formed adults, not babies. The earth could have been created the same way. Not saying creation was exactly 6000 years ago, but God is not limited by our puny speculation


44 posted on 12/13/2013 7:50:03 PM PST by Mom MD
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To: JohnBovenmyer

Well, that would answer the questions about the birth certificate once and for all.


45 posted on 12/13/2013 7:50:18 PM PST by gusopol3
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To: TroutGuy

An even more troubling spot is in Africa’s Great Rift Valley where a 500 Cubic Mile magma chamber his been discovered. The Rift Valley is one of the most active and continually active zones in the world. The existence of this chamber complicates the usual definition of a rift and may lend some further possibilities to such as the Deccan and Siberian traps.


46 posted on 12/13/2013 7:53:03 PM PST by JimSEA
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To: TroutGuy

Everyone left in Wyoming, Idaho and everywhere else east of that region, should get out as fast as possible.


47 posted on 12/13/2013 7:54:54 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Paladin2

That is a truly amazing drive.


48 posted on 12/13/2013 7:55:39 PM PST by JimSEA
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To: JimSEA

The drive from W.Yellowstone to Ashton can be hairy in the Winter.


49 posted on 12/13/2013 7:59:15 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: ETL

That’s an interesting theory.


50 posted on 12/13/2013 8:00:26 PM PST by Paladin2
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