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Super Volcano is Bigger [YELLOWSTONE]
www.kulr8.com ^ | Updated: Jul 09, 2014 3:04 PM CST | By Penny Preston

Posted on 07/09/2014 1:13:21 PM PDT by Red Badger

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK -

The world’s authority on Yellowstone’s Super Volcano says it’s more than twice as big as scientists once thought. Does that mean it’s more likely to blow up soon? Penny Preston found Dr. Robert Smith at his home near Grand Teton, and found the answer.

Millions of people visit Yellowstone each year to see its geysers, fumeroles, hot springs, and mud pots. It’s the largest concentration of thermal features in the world. The park sits on top of the world’s largest active volcano. The Super Volcano. Its most recent eruption was more than 600,000 years ago. All that remains is the top, or caldera.

When you come into the Park they’ll give you a map and it has an overlay of the caldera. It’s huge.

The scientist who knows more about the Super Volcano than anyone, Dr. Robert Smith of the University of Utah, said, “Anytime you come to Yellowstone you have to drive uphill. And the reason is this giant plume of magma, is very hot, therefore it’s bullient, low density and it just lifts the surface up.”

Dr. Smith has been studying Yellowstone’s earthquakes and it’s Super Volcanos for almost sixty years.

He pointed out, “And these giant eruptions, supervolcanos if you wish, probably last many, many months, maybe even years.”

Not only that, they’re huge, thousands of times larger than Mount St. Helens. Smith and his students use siesmographs to map the magma pool underneath Yellowstone’s volcano, and satellites to determine how much the land swells or bulges. They found that the magma is, “2.5 times larger than we had originally imaged.”

The magma movement is signaled by earthquakes. Smith mentioned the 4.8 magnitude Norris area earthquake that damaged Lake Hotel last spring.

He explained, “It’s the biggest earthquake in 30 years.”

So, how likely is it that the big one will blow soon?

“If we were to have another big eruption, it would affect a large area, on the order of several states. But, as I said, that probability is very, very, very, very small. In my calculations it’s point zero, zero, zero, one percent.”

Smith said the magma pool is not getting bigger. His team added a lot more seismographs over the years, and are getting a clearer picture of the magma.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: Utah; US: Wyoming
KEYWORDS: geology; globullwarming; volcano; vulcanism

1 posted on 07/09/2014 1:13:21 PM PDT by Red Badger
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To: Red Badger

We don’t need Kansas City or LA anyway. I call this a geothermal opportunity. Pipe into it. Forget the solar.wind fantasy. Live like Iceland.


2 posted on 07/09/2014 1:16:10 PM PDT by steve8714 (Islam is militant. Atheism is militant. Where is my Catholic Church?)
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To: Red Badger

I live in the the “death zone” should it erupt I plan on getting drunk, in fact so drunk I may have to sleep off a hangover at the pearly gates...


3 posted on 07/09/2014 1:17:51 PM PDT by GraceG (No, My Initials are not A.B.)
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To: Red Badger

So we are on top of the worlds largest super volcano with the potential to wipe out half the country.

Well then, let’s tell God we don’t need Him, kick Him out ouf all public places and embrace and promote homosexuality. /s


4 posted on 07/09/2014 1:20:24 PM PDT by DannyTN (I)
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To: steve8714

Couldn’t have come at a worse time, just when the Royals have a shot at a wild card. It’ll be another 600,000 years before they have another chance.


5 posted on 07/09/2014 1:22:11 PM PDT by centurion316
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To: DannyTN

Oh noes, coming this fall to a theater near you, SharkCano...


6 posted on 07/09/2014 1:23:03 PM PDT by Delta Dawn (Fluent in two languages: English and cursive.)
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To: Red Badger

Having visited Pompeii my hunch is that “volcano” isn’t a pretty way to go.


7 posted on 07/09/2014 1:25:22 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Rat Party Policy:Lie,Deny,Refuse To Comply)
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To: GraceG

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUT8g8_Yd2Y


8 posted on 07/09/2014 1:33:26 PM PDT by Red Badger (I've posted a total of 2,759 threads and 85,158 replies...............)
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To: Red Badger

There you go again Dr. Smith with all those dates. Where did they come from?


9 posted on 07/09/2014 1:38:03 PM PDT by Fungi
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To: Red Badger

I’m headed that way next week. Don’t worry, I’m taking an umbrella.


10 posted on 07/09/2014 1:40:52 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Red Badger
On the picky side of complaining about lack of copy edits and grammar checking;
Dr. Smith has been studying Yellowstone’s earthquakes and it’s Super Volcanos for almost sixty years. How many volcanoS?

This is a link to a quite good Yellowstone Volcano eruption movie from BBC (2005). Not a good event, Obama would probably leave for Hawaii!

11 posted on 07/09/2014 1:48:01 PM PDT by SES1066 (Quality, Speed or Economical - Any 2 of 3 except in government - 1 at best but never #3!)
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To: Red Badger

I’m not one to question God, but Divine Providence would have made more sense to me if this was discovered under DC instead of “Red State” country.


12 posted on 07/09/2014 1:49:08 PM PDT by PTBAA
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To: Red Badger
Quoting from the article:

They found that the magma is, “2.5 times larger than we had originally imaged.”

...

Smith said the magma pool is not getting bigger.

The first quote indicates that Dr. Smith has no reliable basis for asserting the second quote.

13 posted on 07/09/2014 1:50:33 PM PDT by Bear_in_RoseBear (Gentlemen may cry, "Peace, peace," but there is no peace. The war is actually begun!)
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To: steve8714

“I call this a geothermal opportunity.”

Steve,
My Uncle, a retired geologist was involved in a government project over 30 years ago, drilling horizontal wells around Yellowstone to determine the potential for geo-thermal uses. The project didn’t last long though. A few years at most.
Bogie


14 posted on 07/09/2014 1:51:15 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: PTBAA
Divine Providence would have made more sense to me if this was discovered under DC instead of “Red State” country.

Aw, I wouldn't take it too much to heart. God put it there a very long time before we came along. We chose to put DC on swampland. I'm not entirely sure it wasn't God had a little hand in that decision. ;-)

15 posted on 07/09/2014 1:52:50 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: GraceG

Considering a Yellowstone eruption will shut down crop production for years might be a better deal to go out early and not face the hellish aftermath.


16 posted on 07/09/2014 1:58:02 PM PDT by C19fan
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To: Red Badger

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUT8g8_Yd2Y

I like how they just stand there like dumbasses and don’t immediately go for the plane...


17 posted on 07/09/2014 2:01:16 PM PDT by GraceG (No, My Initials are not A.B.)
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To: Red Badger

It must be growing.

It gets bigger everytime they report on it.

Soon it will be three times as big as the earth.


18 posted on 07/09/2014 2:01:30 PM PDT by Iron Munro (The Obamas Black skin has morphed into Teflon thanks to the Obama Media)
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To: GraceG

You might have to drink really really fast.


19 posted on 07/09/2014 2:03:08 PM PDT by Former Proud Canadian
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To: Former Proud Canadian

You might have to drink really really fast.

Im in denver area, even if it moves at the speed of sound I will have a few minutes at least...


20 posted on 07/09/2014 2:11:16 PM PDT by GraceG (No, My Initials are not A.B.)
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To: Red Badger

I’ve gone through one volcano, it wasn’t fun.


21 posted on 07/09/2014 2:30:53 PM PDT by Vinylly (?%)
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To: Vinylly

I bet it was pretty hot in there..................


22 posted on 07/09/2014 2:33:27 PM PDT by Red Badger (I've posted a total of 2,759 threads and 85,158 replies...............)
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To: SES1066

Bad link. Do you where else it is?


23 posted on 07/09/2014 2:45:27 PM PDT by lafroste (matthewharbert.wix.com/matthew-harbert)
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To: Red Badger
Well, that will make things downright interesting in Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska.


24 posted on 07/09/2014 3:20:39 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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To: familyop

but but but.... corn ....


25 posted on 07/09/2014 3:21:00 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: centurion316

I made a similar joke about the Pirates making the post season last year in one of these end of the world articles :-). I’m hoping to see the Royals do it this year. The Pirates are still in it this year, but I have a bad feeling about the second half of the season.


26 posted on 07/09/2014 3:25:03 PM PDT by edh (I need a better tagline)
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To: steve8714
"We don’t need Kansas City or LA anyway. I call this a geothermal opportunity. Pipe into it. Forget the solar.wind fantasy."

LOL! I'll hold your beer and watch. Have the driller make that hole deep now. Y'hear?


27 posted on 07/09/2014 3:27:06 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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To: GeronL
"but but but.... corn ...."

Ah, they can grow that in Ioway, y'know. ;-) 'Sides, all us folks in the West will be gone according to the "world’s authority" and his sidekick, Penny.


28 posted on 07/09/2014 3:32:47 PM PDT by familyop ("Nice girl, but about as sharp as a sack of wet mice." --Foghorn Leghorn)
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To: Red Badger

I lived in the Yakima Valley. We got most of Mt. Saint Helen’s ash. That was not fun.

http://geohazards.community.uaf.edu/files/2014/03/738-567-mt-st-helens.jpg


29 posted on 07/09/2014 6:47:34 PM PDT by Vinylly (?%)
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To: Vinylly

How did you get rid of it?
Does it make your gardens grow like crazy?.............


30 posted on 07/10/2014 6:07:20 AM PDT by Red Badger (I've posted a total of 2,759 threads and 85,158 replies...............)
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