Thursday, January 19, 2017
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

Is the Yellowstone supervolcano dying ?


Posted on Thursday, 27 March, 2014 | Comment icon 42 comments

Yellowstone National Park. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 David Monniaux
In the event of an eruption the volcano could spew out 2,000 times the debris of Mount Saint Helen's.
The largest known active volcano in the world, the Yellowstone Caldera has gained a lot of media attention in recent years after it was revealed that this sleeping giant had the potential to erupt at any time and cause untold devastation across hundreds of square miles.

The threat might not be quite as great as it seems however - according to researchers from the University of Wyoming the volcano may be slowly dying. This conclusion was reached by analyzing samples of air and water from across Yellowstone to assess how they mix as gases rise from the ground.

The last known eruption took place 70,000 years ago but was a lot smaller than eruptions prior to that and many of Yellowstone's trademark geysers and hot springs have been helping to dissipate some of the energy building up below the surface.

While the research team was keen to emphasize that the volcano is still very much alive, chances are good that we won't see a catastrophic eruption at any time in the foreseeable future.

Source: Tech Times | Comments (42)

Tags: Supervolcano, Yellowstone


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #33 Posted by Bavarian Raven on 29 March, 2014, 0:29
If Yellowstone went off it would represent another mass extinction event which humans would be unlikely to weather. A lot of humans would likely not weather it, but the human race would still survive in all likelihood.
Comment icon #34 Posted by Arkitecht on 16 April, 2014, 21:53
Well something is going on...
Comment icon #35 Posted by jesspy on 20 April, 2014, 12:16
Isn't Mt Rainer (Reiner) more of a concern??
Comment icon #36 Posted by Frank Merton on 20 April, 2014, 12:33
A Mt. Ranier eruption would not at all be the same sort of thing but more like St. Helens. There is a substantial population in the thousands on the slopes who would have to evacuate. I don't think animals have any special sense here. Huge bone beds have been found all over of animals caught up in such disasters. I also remember my cats fast asleep until the rumbling started then zip out the door, but no sign in their behavior of any predictive ability.
Comment icon #37 Posted by White Crane Feather on 21 April, 2014, 0:52
In the movie Mexico closes its boarders to us refugees.
Comment icon #38 Posted by mysticwerewolf on 21 April, 2014, 1:09
I'm not going to worry about it until (IF) it happens I have too many other problems to do so
Comment icon #39 Posted by spacecowboy342 on 21 April, 2014, 3:31
A lot of humans would likely not weather it, but the human race would still survive in all likelihood. I agree but they would face some hard times
Comment icon #40 Posted by SecretAgentMathew on 21 April, 2014, 5:03
A nuke could in theory expose a super volcano and wreck the Earth just saying ...
Comment icon #41 Posted by Border Collie on 24 April, 2014, 17:28
Bet Yogi is pleased.
Comment icon #42 Posted by spacecowboy342 on 25 April, 2014, 1:41
Bet Yogi is pleased. Yogi don't care unless there's a picanic basket involved


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


  On the forums
Forum posts:
Forum topics:
Members:

5855691
264568
165112

 
60% of primate species are facing extinction
1-18-2017
A worrying new study has shown just how vulnerable many of the world's primate species actually are.
CIA uploads millions of declassified files
1-18-2017
The documents cover everything from UFO sightings to government-backed remote viewing experiments.
Curiosity discovers metallic meteorite on Mars
1-18-2017
The rover has come across what scientists believe to be an iron-nickel meteorite on the Martian surface.
New video reveals Huygens' harrowing descent
1-17-2017
NASA has released a new video recreating the Huygens probe's historic touchdown on Saturn's moon Titan.
Featured book
 
By Toryn Chapman
Campbell Mackenzie is a successful lawyer with occasional feelings of déjà vu. There's just one problem, though - it's not déjà vu.
Featured Videos
Gallery icon 
Kowloon Walled City
Posted 1-18-2017 | 1 comment
A look at what was once the most densely populated area on the surface of the planet.
 
Marshmallows in a vacuum
Posted 1-16-2017 | 2 comments
What happens to a pile of marshmallows when all the air is removed ?
 
Fighting fire with fire
Posted 1-15-2017 | 0 comments
Adam Savage learns whether it is possible to use fire (or the sound of fire) to put out fire.
 
Washing machine throwing
Posted 1-14-2017 | 8 comments
Two strongmen battle it out to see who can throw a washing machine the furthest.
 
The amazing natural world
Posted 1-13-2017 | 0 comments
A series of quality clips from some of the BBC's most successful wildlife programmes.
 
 View: More videos
Stories & Experiences
Phantom vehicle
1-6-2017 | Ramer, United States
 
True ghost stories
1-6-2017 | Southern California
 
Floating tiles
1-6-2017 | Chewelah, Washington
 
A haunting in Northern California
12-28-2016 | Northern California
 
Strange creature in South Africa
12-28-2016 | South Africa, Hoedspruit.
 
A 15-year-old predicted my future!
12-21-2016 | Katherine, Australia
 
The haunted pond
12-21-2016 | Essex, Ontario, Canada
 
The haunted hospital
12-28-2016 | New Plymouth, New Zealand
 
Loud crash in the night
12-17-2016 | Pennsylvania
 
Mysterious woman in a blue dress
12-17-2016 | Northern Ireland
 

         More stories | Send us your story
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.7 Unexplained-Mysteries.com 2001-2017
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ