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andino Donating Member (668 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-30-04 02:33 AM
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Yellowstone Super Volcano????
http://www.solcomhouse.com/yellowstone.htm

I had a friend of mine send me this site.
Has anyone heard of this? Should we worry about this or is it BS?
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Ediacara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-30-04 02:36 AM
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1. It's real
But very unlikely to erupt in your lifetime.

Rest assured though, that if an eruption is going to happen, the USGS will know about it years in advance.
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Fridays Child Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-30-04 02:37 AM
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2. I saw this a documentary about this on TLC or the Discovery Channel...
...a couple of years ago. I'll try to find you a link.
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Fridays Child Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-30-04 02:46 AM
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7. Here's a transcript from the BBC but it's the same documentary.
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HawkerHurricane Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-30-04 02:37 AM
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3. Don't worry about it.
My Dear old Dad (Hawker Typhoon) is a Ranger/Naturalist working in Yellowstone right now. If there were a eruption eminent, I think he'd mention it to me.

First sign of eminent eruption: 10,000 geology majors flooding the park, looking for dissertion material.
Last warning of eminent eruption: 10,000 geology majors fleeing the park, looking to survive.
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Ediacara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-30-04 02:41 AM
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6. You've got it backward
First sign of eminent eruption: 10,000 geology majors fleeing the park, looking to survive.
Last warning of eminent eruption: 10,000 geology majors flooding the park, looking for dissertion material.

When everyone in the geology depts in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Utah all suddenly go on sobatical.... don't plan on any Rocky Mountain vacations.
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Leprechan29 Donating Member (391 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-30-04 02:39 AM
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4. It's not BS
Edited on Sun May-30-04 02:40 AM by Leprechan29
The entire park is located inside an ancient caldera which erupted a millenia or two ago, essentially forming Yellowstone as we know it today

Edited part: Then again, the eruption itself is not necessarily imminent
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SmileyBoy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-30-04 02:40 AM
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5. It will be known many years in advance if it's about to erupt.
Edited on Sun May-30-04 02:42 AM by northwest
It's real, but for one thing, it could happen anytime from 10 to 200,000 years in the future (although it is VERY unlikely that it will happen in our lifetime). Second thing is that from seismic observation, we'll be able to know probably many years in advance if it's about to erupt.
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Birthmark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-30-04 03:02 AM
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8. Don't worry much about it.
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SmileyBoy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-30-04 03:07 AM
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9. No, it won't surprise us.
It's too big of a volcano to just erupt all of a sudden. It will take years of rapidly rising pressure and seismic activity before it erupts.
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Birthmark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-30-04 03:15 AM
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11. That's what I think, too.
And I know it's what the experts think. And I know that is 99.999999% correct. So, I don't lose any sleep over it - but I don't believe that we can rule it out to a certainty.

Have you ever seen some of the documentation on the earlier eruptions? Phew! Makes Krakatoa look like a firecracker! Yellowstone is one nasty piece of geology...every once in a while.
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andino Donating Member (668 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-30-04 03:09 AM
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10. Weird.....
I just saw a thing on Yellowstone on CNN Headline News. It said that a earthquake in Alaska had changed the eruption times for a few geysers.

http://www.cnn.com/2004/TECH/science/05/29/park.geysers...
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SmileyBoy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-30-04 03:20 AM
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13. Interesting... It might have travelled underground via a fault.
Much like a synapse travelling thru the nerve of a brain, the quake in Alaska may have shot down to Yellowstone and triggered abnormalities in the geysers.
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Ediacara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-30-04 03:28 AM
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14. Uh...
no. The waves travelled in the crust and mantle, like they do in all earthquakes.
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HEyHEY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-30-04 03:17 AM
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12. Is that a new band?
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TreasonousBastard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-30-04 05:29 AM
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15. Why worry?
Isn't there enough other stuff to worry about?

It either will or won't erupt, and there's not a damn thing we can do about it. Same with the New Madrid fault cracking again. Or an asteroid hitting us. Or a tsunami.

Save the worry time for things that we CAN do something about.





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Submariner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-30-04 09:58 AM
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16. Supervolcanoes on Discovery Science Channel 11:00 AM EST
Sunday NOW
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Guy_Montag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-30-04 10:03 AM
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17. So how many geo***ists do we have at DU?
I'm an engineer, but I work in a geology department mostly with geophysists, but also with geologists & geochemists.

Just curious.
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Submariner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-30-04 10:20 AM
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18. I work with Geohydrologists
I'm a fisheries scientist and we work together determining groundwater contaminant runoff to fish spawning beds. Plate tectonics rule!
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tjwash Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-30-04 10:39 AM
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19. Oh it's real all right.
It's so large that we did not even know it existed until a satellite saw the cauldron from outer space.

There is a theory, that when it blew last, it caused human population to dwindle to ten thousand.
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