Three Times The Historic Average
Geological surveys show that the caldera at Yellowstone National Park
in America has been rising at the slightly alarming rate of around 3
inches a year since 2004, three times the historic average.
This coupled with the significantly high number of earthquakes
detected beneath Yellowstone in recent times has given some geologists
cause for concern, because as we all know, if Yellowstone blows, much of
the United States blows with it.
For the record, the Yellowstone supervolcano
like any supervolcano is substantially larger in size and power than
regular volcanoes. A super-volcanic eruption, they say, would likely
plunge the world into a cold, dark volcanic winter. Many species would
perish and most of the earth would disappear beneath a carpet of lava,
ash and ice. Food production would effectively cease.
Thankfully, super-volcanic eruptions happen rarely”the last time the Yellowstone supervolcano erupted was 640,000 years ago.
Yellowstone And the 2012 Mayan Prophecy
The Early Stages Of A Super-Eruption
But recent seismic activity beneath Yellowstone, plus the
accelerated rate at which its caldera has reportedly risen over the past
four years, has evidently begun to quicken the heart rate of interested
parties, with some experts even claiming that Yellowstone is already in
the early stages of a super-eruption.
In a recent interview with Wyoming-based “Tribune Online”:http://www.trib.com/articles/2009/02/17/news/wyoming/c9de8cba14369aab872575600009193c.txt,
University of Utah geophysicist, Bob Smith, who works at the
Yellowstone Observatory, said that the gradual uplift of the
supervolcano’s caldera “adds energy to the whole system”.
“It adds to the whole deformation and expands the Great Basin to the west.”
He added that, as the crust expands, it affects the rotation of the
various tectonic plates underlying the region well beyond Yellowstone.
“Yellowstone affects a much bigger area, ten times as big as
Yellowstone Park,” he said. “So it plays a major role in the plate
The problem is, of course, if Yellowstone is about to blow then
there’s precious little we can do about it, a realization sufficient to
set ‘Armageddon fever’ raging in the minds of the apocalyptic few.
Indeed, with the “2012 Mayan Prophecy”:/discussion-topics/2012—-the-mayan-prophecy/ looming large on the geological calendar, the doomsayers are already out in force predicting a volcanic conclusion.
Personally, I'm not so sure this is what “Pacal Votan”:/discussion-topics/pacal-votan—-2012-ad/ and his Mayan sages believed when they set the current prophecy mania in motion all those years ago.
What say you? Do you think the Yellowstone supervolcano might be due
to erupt and blast us into a new era? Or is it all fear-based,
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