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(NPR)   Get ready for another Super Volcano   ( npr.org) divider line
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2013-02-11 12:27:36 PM  
5 votes:

uncleacid: Nice goatse pic.


More like this...

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2013-02-11 11:36:51 AM  
4 votes:

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 11:58:37 AM  
3 votes:

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 11:45:07 AM  
3 votes:

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 11:40:49 AM  
3 votes:
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So, Subby, I see your mom's been to Yellowstone lately.
2013-02-11 11:37:50 AM  
3 votes:
"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 11:32:00 AM  
3 votes:
So Taco Bell is adding sour cream to the Volcano or something?
2013-02-11 11:59:57 AM  
2 votes:

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


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Silly, you don't out-run them. You walk away slowly without looking at them like a boss.
2013-02-11 11:37:45 AM  
2 votes:
Nice goatse pic.
2013-02-11 11:35:21 AM  
2 votes:
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 11:34:43 AM  
2 votes:
Hey, let's make a movie out of this! Starring Tommy Lee Jones and Anne Heche!
2013-02-11 11:31:48 AM  
2 votes:
Sometime within the next 100 million years or so. Real critical warning there, Mr. Geologist.
2013-02-11 11:29:58 AM  
2 votes:
That's more Blow potential than Charlie Sheen on payday.
2013-02-11 02:37:25 PM  
1 vote:

ItchyBrother: [s3.amazonaws.com image 600x450]


Those blobs appear to be swelling, leading to sympathetic tectonic rises in my southern hemisphere, but I'm too hypnotized by the awesome power of nature to run away.
2013-02-11 01:13:03 PM  
1 vote:

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2013-02-11 01:00:00 PM  
1 vote:

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2013-02-11 12:49:33 PM  
1 vote:

dryknife: There are six known supervolcanoes on dry land, while some six more are located under the oceans. Three of these supervolcanoes are in the United States: Yellowstone in Wyoming, Long Valley in California, and Valles Caldera in New Mexico


So, um... Nothing to worry about, right? At least for those of us in Florida?

Oh wait, there's a reason for the Florida tag, which would probably make up for any chances of survival during a SV eruption...
2013-02-11 12:29:36 PM  
1 vote:
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2013-02-11 12:24:12 PM  
1 vote:

nmemkha: All we need to do is pass legislation outlawing volcanoes.

/problem solved


Somehow I believe this will happen ; )
2013-02-11 12:22:42 PM  
1 vote:
All we need to do is pass legislation outlawing volcanoes.

/problem solved
2013-02-11 12:22:06 PM  
1 vote:

Old Gnarled Oak: I don't have to outrun the super-volcano, I just have to outrun you.

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/I lol'd : D
2013-02-11 12:15:06 PM  
1 vote:

Government Fromage: We need to lit these high capacity assault volcanos


Limit
2013-02-11 12:14:28 PM  
1 vote:
We need to lit these high capacity assault volcanos
2013-02-11 12:14:15 PM  
1 vote:
OK Everybody - Time to don your parrot hat and sing along!

I don't know
I don't know
I don't know
where I'm a-gonna go
When the volcano blows!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSNxu_405Mk
2013-02-11 11:57:14 AM  
1 vote:

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 11:56:35 AM  
1 vote:

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 11:53:25 AM  
1 vote:

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 11:49:35 AM  
1 vote:
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 11:41:42 AM  
1 vote:

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


So, Northern Canada then?
2013-02-11 11:37:24 AM  
1 vote:

Deep Contact: no cable TV


Pfft, I don't even own a TV, who needs one with the Internet?
2013-02-11 11:34:57 AM  
1 vote:

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 11:32:17 AM  
1 vote:
So it's basically a big zit.
2013-02-11 11:31:50 AM  
1 vote:
*grabs marshmallows and sticks*

Ready!
2013-02-11 11:31:48 AM  
1 vote:
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 11:30:34 AM  
1 vote:
That would be awesome.

 It's time to reduce the planet's population by...oh...about 3 billion.
2013-02-11 11:30:27 AM  
1 vote:
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