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2013-02-11 11:29:58 AM  
That's more Blow potential than Charlie Sheen on payday.
 
2013-02-11 11:30:09 AM  
No.
 
2013-02-11 11:30:27 AM  
i45.tinypic.com
 
2013-02-11 11:30:34 AM  
That would be awesome.

 It's time to reduce the planet's population by...oh...about 3 billion.
 
2013-02-11 11:31:48 AM  
Sometime within the next 100 million years or so. Real critical warning there, Mr. Geologist.
 
2013-02-11 11:31:48 AM  
Michael Bay is patiently waiting

/watching and waiting... And when the time comes, he'll be there to learn it's secrets
 
2013-02-11 11:31:50 AM  
*grabs marshmallows and sticks*

Ready!
 
2013-02-11 11:32:00 AM  
So Taco Bell is adding sour cream to the Volcano or something?
 
2013-02-11 11:32:00 AM  
FTA: Thorne published all this in the journal, Earth and Planetary Science Letters. He's rather calm about it, and says it is a slow process from blob to blowout - maybe 100 million years or so.

Okay, that's... plenty of time to get ready. Thanks for the heads up, subby.
 
2013-02-11 11:32:17 AM  
So it's basically a big zit.
 
2013-02-11 11:33:26 AM  
the funnier part is.. in "geologic time" 100 million years is like.. tomorrow.  seriously.
 
2013-02-11 11:33:49 AM  
My three months of food and water won't matter, here in SLC.
*Poof* we are gone.
 
2013-02-11 11:34:43 AM  
Hey, let's make a movie out of this! Starring Tommy Lee Jones and Anne Heche!
 
2013-02-11 11:34:57 AM  

No Time To Explain: Michael Bay is patiently waiting

/watching and waiting... And when the time comes, he'll be there to learn it's secrets


No, 20 years ago Micheal Bay was told by a gypsy that a super-volcano would erupt someday in his lifetime.  So, he made it his mission to educate the population via a series of informative movies, hoping to save millions of lives.  That he made a tidy profit along the way was just a bonus to the life saving work he has done!

One day you will thank him for being able to out-run an explosion!
 
2013-02-11 11:35:21 AM  
The main problem is Volcanic ash and it's not like the ash you find on the barbecue: it is made of tiny pieces of rock. If it falls on your roof, your house can collapse under it's weight. If it gets into contact with cars or airplanes, they will break down or crash. Even worse, if you inhale it, the ash will mix with the liquids in your lungs and form a cement-like substance. You'll literally drown in conrete!

 There are sulphurous gases that turn all rainfall into a blistering downpour of pure sulphuric acid for years to come. There are all kinds of chlorine-bearing compounds, that break down enough of the ozone layer to turn the Sun into a real killer. There's carbon dioxide, the greenhouse gas that not only nibbles at the ozone layer, but also causes long-term global warming. And last but not least, there's soot. A super eruption will darken the Sun, and gradually push the Earth into a nuclear winter for many years, or even centuries, we will have to survive in darkness and cold and no cable TV.
 
2013-02-11 11:36:51 AM  

Deep Contact: A super eruption will darken the Sun, and gradually push the Earth into a nuclear winter for many years, or even centuries, we will have to survive in darkness and cold and no cable TV.


You make volcanos not fun :(
 
2013-02-11 11:37:24 AM  

Deep Contact: no cable TV


Pfft, I don't even own a TV, who needs one with the Internet?
 
2013-02-11 11:37:35 AM  
*reads article*

Don't be an idiot, idiot.
 
2013-02-11 11:37:45 AM  
Nice goatse pic.
 
2013-02-11 11:37:50 AM  
"We call it a blob of partially molten material," he says.

Dude, cool it with the scientific lingo - use words that we regular folks can understand.
 
2013-02-11 11:39:29 AM  

Burr: No Time To Explain: Michael Bay is patiently waiting

/watching and waiting... And when the time comes, he'll be there to learn it's secrets

No, 20 years ago Micheal Bay was told by a gypsy that a super-volcano would erupt someday in his lifetime.  So, he made it his mission to educate the population via a series of informative movies, hoping to save millions of lives.  That he made a tidy profit along the way was just a bonus to the life saving work he has done!

One day you will thank him for being able to out-run an explosion!


It's always the gypsies, isn't it?

/ALWAYS
 
2013-02-11 11:39:34 AM  

Deep Contact: The main problem is Volcanic ash and it's not like the ash you find on the barbecue: it is made of tiny pieces of rock. If it falls on your roof, your house can collapse under it's weight. If it gets into contact with cars or airplanes, they will break down or crash. Even worse, if you inhale it, the ash will mix with the liquids in your lungs and form a cement-like substance. You'll literally drown in conrete!

 There are sulphurous gases that turn all rainfall into a blistering downpour of pure sulphuric acid for years to come. There are all kinds of chlorine-bearing compounds, that break down enough of the ozone layer to turn the Sun into a real killer. There's carbon dioxide, the greenhouse gas that not only nibbles at the ozone layer, but also causes long-term global warming. And last but not least, there's soot. A super eruption will darken the Sun, and gradually push the Earth into a nuclear winter for many years, or even centuries, we will have to survive in darkness and cold...


Meh.

and no cable TV.

Oh my God...NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!


/Doesn't actually have cable
 
2013-02-11 11:40:49 AM  
farm9.staticflickr.com

So, Subby, I see your mom's been to Yellowstone lately.
 
2013-02-11 11:41:42 AM  

Deep Contact: we will have to survive in darkness and cold and no cable TV.


So, Northern Canada then?
 
2013-02-11 11:42:48 AM  
We should be so lucky
 
2013-02-11 11:43:12 AM  
Weren't Flood Basalts responsible for the End Permian extinctions that were worse than the giant asteroid that killed all the dinosaurs?

I mean, that's hot.
 
2013-02-11 11:43:19 AM  
Old news is the best news and when you are at the now-kiddie shop NPR, you get to write fluff news. If one needs a case study in how to take one of the nation's best news organizations and reduce it to crap, NPR is it. So disappointing....
 
2013-02-11 11:45:01 AM  

Canton: FTA: Thorne published all this in the journal, Earth and Planetary Science Letters. He's rather calm about it, and says it is a slow process from blob to blowout - maybe 100 million years or so.

Okay, that's... plenty of time to get ready. Thanks for the heads up, subby.


Great use of the scary tag too. Subby must pee his pants if someone walks behind him, or says hi.
 
2013-02-11 11:45:07 AM  

Grapple: the funnier part is.. in "geologic time" 100 million years is like.. tomorrow.  seriously.


My paleontology professor once professed to not know much at all about human history he had not personally lived through. When someone mocked him for not getting a reference to Caesar, he said "Look that happened 2000 years ago. I'm an invertebrate paleontologist: I don't do  current events."
 
2013-02-11 11:45:17 AM  
Not worried.  There are other supervolcanoes to worry about right now.  Another one a 100 million years from now...pshaw.
If someone had conclusive evidence that there will be no more bacon for anyone, permanently, like tomorrow, that's something to panic over.
 
2013-02-11 11:46:29 AM  

StaleCoffee: Weren't Flood Basalts responsible for the End Permian extinctions that were worse than the giant asteroid that killed all the dinosaurs?

I mean, that's hot.


Maybe. Some people think the loss of shallow shore habitat due to the reassemby of the continents and the lack of land based plant life to moderate the climate changes caused by the same had a lot more to do with it.
 
2013-02-11 11:46:58 AM  

gopher321: Hey, let's make a movie out of this! Starring Tommy Lee Jones Mia Kirshner and Anne Heche!


Wanted more kinky lesbian sex so I FTFY.
 
2013-02-11 11:47:17 AM  
This will shut up those climate alarmists but good!

Weather Today: Nuclear Winter, with periods of Dark.
Temperature: Cold when not being peppered with lava bombs.
Winds: Sulphurous, scorching.
Forecast: Aaaaggghhh.
 
2013-02-11 11:47:41 AM  
So if I read that right, the earth has piles.  I hear those can be a pain in the ass.
 
2013-02-11 11:49:11 AM  
I don't have to outrun the super-volcano, I just have to outrun you.
 
2013-02-11 11:49:11 AM  

HortusMatris: [farm9.staticflickr.com image 320x240]

So, Subby, I see your mom's been to Yellowstone lately.


Hey, that's the picture on the print edition of The Eye of Argon!

/think My Immortal, but actually original
 
2013-02-11 11:49:35 AM  
I for one welcome this new form of global climate change.

At some point we all die, I would just prefer that it doesn't all happen at once.
 
2013-02-11 11:49:53 AM  

CheatCommando: StaleCoffee: Weren't Flood Basalts responsible for the End Permian extinctions that were worse than the giant asteroid that killed all the dinosaurs?

I mean, that's hot.

Maybe. Some people think the loss of shallow shore habitat due to the reassemby of the continents and the lack of land based plant life to moderate the climate changes caused by the same had a lot more to do with it.


Wouldn't that be part of the chain of events after that though? I read that the flood basalts and atmospheric temperature increase released a bunch of methane from the ocean floors and ate all the oxygen or somesuch. Now I'm going to spend all day reading about extinction events.
 
2013-02-11 11:50:54 AM  
i139.photobucket.com
Harry Turtledove would like to tell you about it.
 
2013-02-11 11:53:25 AM  

Deep Contact: The main problem is Volcanic ash and it's not like the ash you find on the barbecue: it is made of tiny pieces of rock. If it falls on your roof, your house can collapse under it's weight. If it gets into contact with cars or airplanes, they will break down or crash. Even worse, if you inhale it, the ash will mix with the liquids in your lungs and form a cement-like substance. You'll literally drown in conrete!

 There are sulphurous gases that turn all rainfall into a blistering downpour of pure sulphuric acid for years to come. There are all kinds of chlorine-bearing compounds, that break down enough of the ozone layer to turn the Sun into a real killer. There's carbon dioxide, the greenhouse gas that not only nibbles at the ozone layer, but also causes long-term global warming. And last but not least, there's soot. A super eruption will darken the Sun, and gradually push the Earth into a nuclear winter for many years, or even centuries, we will have to survive in darkness and cold and no cable TV.


I have Direct TV so I'm ok.
 
2013-02-11 11:54:31 AM  

CheatCommando: StaleCoffee: Weren't Flood Basalts responsible for the End Permian extinctions that were worse than the giant asteroid that killed all the dinosaurs?

I mean, that's hot.

Maybe. Some people think the loss of shallow shore habitat due to the reassemby of the continents and the lack of land based plant life to moderate the climate changes caused by the same had a lot more to do with it.


With the giant asteroid that killed all the dinosaurs at the end of the Cretaceous, there were other major geologic events that were happening as well.  There were massive volcanic eruptions in India at about the same geologic time, other asteroid impacts, and the sea levels were lowering as well.  So the Yucatan impact might have just been one factor out of many.
 
2013-02-11 11:55:30 AM  

eyeq360: Not worried.  There are other supervolcanoes to worry about right now.  Another one a 100 million years from now...pshaw.
If someone had conclusive evidence that there will be no more bacon for anyone, permanently, like tomorrow, that's something to panic over.



One example is the Yellowstone super volcano, which has blown its top three times in the past 2 million years.
Thorne published all this in the journal, Earth and Planetary Science Letters. He's rather calm about it, and says it is a slow process from blob to blowout - maybe 100 million years or so.


So once every 600,000 years?
So WHY would he pull 100My out of his arse?
 
2013-02-11 11:55:35 AM  

KangTheMad: Canton: FTA: Thorne published all this in the journal, Earth and Planetary Science Letters. He's rather calm about it, and says it is a slow process from blob to blowout - maybe 100 million years or so.

Okay, that's... plenty of time to get ready. Thanks for the heads up, subby.

Great use of the scary tag too. Subby must pee his pants if someone walks behind him, or says hi.


And you just know he'll be cowering in a bunker somewhere on Friday...

/Geologic time and astronomic distance. Gotta love 'em.
 
2013-02-11 11:56:08 AM  

Mr. Eugenides: So if I read that right, the earth has piles.  I hear those can be a pain in the ass.


It's also infested with humans.

/run mars run!
 
2013-02-11 11:56:35 AM  

CheatCommando: Grapple: the funnier part is.. in "geologic time" 100 million years is like.. tomorrow.  seriously.

My paleontology professor once professed to not know much at all about human history he had not personally lived through. When someone mocked him for not getting a reference to Caesar, he said "Look that happened 2000 years ago. I'm an invertebrate paleontologist: I don't do  current events."


Although...isn't 100 million years still a pretty long time, even geologically speaking?  The Earth is *only* 4.5 billion years old right? And unless I am doing my math horribly, horribly wrong, there would be about 45 periods of 100 million years since the earth started...so, the next 100 million years is 1/45th or 1/46th of the total lifespan of the Earth (to date)...I'm not sure if I would call that *tomorrow*, but really it is semantics I guess.

/I'd call it the Earth's mid-life crisis maybe?
//Or "next week" since it is close to 1/52...but that is if you only live for 1 year...
/Did I have a point? No.
 
2013-02-11 11:57:14 AM  

namatad: eyeq360: Not worried.  There are other supervolcanoes to worry about right now.  Another one a 100 million years from now...pshaw.
If someone had conclusive evidence that there will be no more bacon for anyone, permanently, like tomorrow, that's something to panic over.


One example is the Yellowstone super volcano, which has blown its top three times in the past 2 million years.
Thorne published all this in the journal, Earth and Planetary Science Letters. He's rather calm about it, and says it is a slow process from blob to blowout - maybe 100 million years or so.

So once every 600,000 years?
So WHY would he pull 100My out of his arse?


If you had 100My in your ass wouldn't you want it out?
 
2013-02-11 11:57:19 AM  

namatad: eyeq360: Not worried.  There are other supervolcanoes to worry about right now.  Another one a 100 million years from now...pshaw.
If someone had conclusive evidence that there will be no more bacon for anyone, permanently, like tomorrow, that's something to panic over.


One example is the Yellowstone super volcano, which has blown its top three times in the past 2 million years.
Thorne published all this in the journal, Earth and Planetary Science Letters. He's rather calm about it, and says it is a slow process from blob to blowout - maybe 100 million years or so.

So once every 600,000 years?
So WHY would he pull 100My out of his arse?


because if you had read tfa, you would know it isn't a supervolcano yet. The semi-molten material is still only just forming. It's like a really massive stick of butter that's only now starting to melt.
 
2013-02-11 11:57:39 AM  
 
2013-02-11 11:58:37 AM  

Lost Thought 00: Sometime within the next 100 million years or so. Real critical warning there, Mr. Geologist.


I doubt the timescale, since the Earth is only 6,000 years old.
 
2013-02-11 11:59:21 AM  
Maybe if we sacrifice a few virgins ...

Quick to Bronycon!
 
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