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(Fox News)   Supervolcanoes? In the state of Maine? It's more likely than you think   (foxnews.com) divider line 44
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2013-11-03 11:10:09 AM
FTA: "Long before there were these things called supervolcanoes, we've known about giant, big, horrific silicic volcanic eruptions," said Seaman, of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

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2013-11-03 11:19:21 AM
Yikes. Less than an hour away from me. Cool article, subby
 
2013-11-03 11:36:55 AM
I call bullshiat on so many levels. First, this is a Faux news article. Secondly, there's no way in hell Faux news would publish an article that says the Earth is anything other than 6000 yrs old.
 
2013-11-03 11:52:35 AM
Even as we speak, Steven King is probably getting another idea for a book.
 
2013-11-03 03:56:52 PM
EVERYONE PAN .. oh .. 424 million years ago?
 
2013-11-03 04:03:00 PM

dj_bigbird: I call bullshiat on so many levels. First, this is a Faux news article. Secondly, there's no way in hell Faux news would publish an article that says the Earth is anything other than 6000 yrs old.


discovery.com is reporting it too.
 
2013-11-03 04:53:26 PM
They've been theorizing this for at least 30 years. I remember studying it in 7th grade science.
 
2013-11-03 05:06:03 PM

dj_bigbird: I call bullshiat on so many levels. First, this is a Faux news article. Secondly, there's no way in hell Faux news would publish an article that says the Earth is anything other than 6000 yrs old.


You know, you're just as bad as you say they are, when you have an attitude like that.

Seriously.

If your assumption is that every single thing they publish is false, your opinion is as close to the truth as you claim their news coverage is.

I'd love to stick around to discuss it, but I'm being called in JT9 on 20 meters.
 
2013-11-03 05:11:17 PM
The earth has this thing called the mantle. It's a layer of lava and it's MUCH MUCH MUCH bigger than the crust by volume.

EVERYWHERE is one good plume away from becoming a super volcano.
 
2013-11-03 05:13:10 PM

dittybopper: dj_bigbird: I call bullshiat on so many levels. First, this is a Faux news article. Secondly, there's no way in hell Faux news would publish an article that says the Earth is anything other than 6000 yrs old.

You know, you're just as bad as you say they are, when you have an attitude like that.

Seriously.

If your assumption is that every single thing they publish is false, your opinion is as close to the truth as you claim their news coverage is.

I'd love to stick around to discuss it, but I'm being called in JT9 on 20 meters.


Threadjack

I've been on PSK 31 since the last time we spoke. Its fun. Thanks for the tip
 
2013-11-03 05:17:35 PM
Probably true, because 420M years ago the east coast of North America was subducting ocean floor ahead of it as it moved toward the northwest coast of Africa.

There is presently no subduction off the eastern coast, therefore no active volcanoes there today.

RTFA and what they're talking about are volcano remnants, which geologists can find all over the place.
 
2013-11-03 05:25:02 PM

dj_bigbird: I call bullshiat on so many levels. First, this is a Faux news article. Secondly, there's no way in hell Faux news would publish an article that says the Earth is anything other than 6000 yrs old.


Go play in the road with Snuffy will ya.
 
2013-11-03 05:26:31 PM
This post YellowStone approved...
 
2013-11-03 05:47:10 PM
Interesting looking landscape looks that way for a reason.
 
2013-11-03 05:48:05 PM
ITS SO BEAUTIFUL

IF ONLY YOU COULD SEE WHAT I'M SEEING

/Woody was one of the few good parts of that movie
 
2013-11-03 05:51:10 PM
For example, Isle au Haut, part of Acadia National Park, exposes the heart of a volcano. "The whole magma chamber is lying on its side...

Interesting stuff, thanks subby!
 
2013-11-03 05:52:36 PM
If this was a super volcano 420 million years ago then what was its hot spot and where has it gone?

The New England Hot Spot was under Hudson Bay 200 million BP, drifted under New England, and then headed into the Atlantic to form the New England Seamount Chain.

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2013-11-03 05:56:49 PM
So it's welded shut. I'm good, then.
 
2013-11-03 06:18:00 PM
I am endlessly fascinated by the amount of geological information available online. It's like exploring underground, with all the structures they're found and mapped, all having names. I was exploring New Hampshire geology, especially the ground underneath my farm, and it's pretty cool with plutons given names (Bethlehem Granodiorite) and a really cool site dedicated entirely to the geology of the Cold River area, explaining where the actual breaks are located between distinct rock structures...
 
2013-11-03 06:44:19 PM

Bathia_Mapes: dj_bigbird: I call bullshiat on so many levels. First, this is a Faux news article. Secondly, there's no way in hell Faux news would publish an article that says the Earth is anything other than 6000 yrs old.

discovery.com is reporting it too.


Did you watch their mermaid documentary? Amazing.

/wtf.
 
2013-11-03 06:45:47 PM

HairBolus: If this was a super volcano 420 million years ago then what was its hot spot and where has it gone?

The New England Hot Spot was under Hudson Bay 200 million BP, drifted under New England, and then headed into the Atlantic to form the New England Seamount Chain.

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Actually the hotspot didn't drift, the continent drifted.
 
2013-11-03 06:47:29 PM

HairBolus: If this was a super volcano 420 million years ago then what was its hot spot and where has it gone?

The New England Hot Spot was under Hudson Bay 200 million BP, drifted under New England, and then headed into the Atlantic to form the New England Seamount Chain.


Article says (not clearly enough I guess) that this Maine volcano was the result of subduction, in the Silurian, ~250 million years earlier.
 

Also, unfortunately the article's author decided to use the term "supervolcano", which most people in the US will associate with Yellowstone and hotspots. But Toba (mentioned repeatedly in the article) was a good old-fashioned subduction-driven supervolcano.

A hotspot is not necessary for a "supervolcano". All you need is a honkin' big magma chamber.
 
2013-11-03 06:49:47 PM
Do the people who write these stories understand verb tenses?
It should be "Maine had supervolcanoes. Wait, Maine had volcanoes?" as the last eruptions happened 420 million years ago and Maine hasn't been volcanically active since then.
 
2013-11-03 07:00:09 PM

John Buck 41: Yikes. Less than an hour away from me. Cool article, subby


If it were an active supervolcano, it could be within

HairBolus: The New England Hot Spot was under Hudson Bay 200 million BP, drifted under New England, and then headed


What's "BP"? o_O
 
2013-11-03 07:04:15 PM

Suckmaster Burstingfoam: HairBolus: If this was a super volcano 420 million years ago then what was its hot spot and where has it gone?

The New England Hot Spot was under Hudson Bay 200 million BP, drifted under New England, and then headed into the Atlantic to form the New England Seamount Chain.

Article says (not clearly enough I guess) that this Maine volcano was the result of subduction, in the Silurian, ~250 million years earlier.
 

Also, unfortunately the article's author decided to use the term "supervolcano", which most people in the US will associate with Yellowstone and hotspots. But Toba (mentioned repeatedly in the article) was a good old-fashioned subduction-driven supervolcano.

A hotspot is not necessary for a "supervolcano". All you need is a honkin' big magma chamber.


Boom!  Steven King - Doctor Who crossover episode!  Allons-y!
 
2013-11-03 07:10:11 PM

doglover: The earth has this thing called the mantle. It's a layer of lava and it's MUCH MUCH MUCH bigger than the crust by volume.

EVERYWHERE is one good plume away from becoming a super volcano.


Came to say something like this. But let's not stop panicking over this one, if we must.
 
2013-11-03 07:23:08 PM

eyeq360: Do the people who write these stories understand verb tenses?


No. Everything is happening now and it's terrifying.
 
2013-11-03 07:35:01 PM
Wasn't this the plot of one of those SyFy movies, Stonehenge Apocalypse? The Pharaohs of Maine built a temple at the volcano hotspot that no one thought existed except the plucky assistant.

\so totally claiming "Pharaohs of Maine" as my band name...
 
2013-11-03 07:47:33 PM

ArcadianRefugee: John Buck 41: Yikes. Less than an hour away from me. Cool article, subby

If it were an active supervolcano, it could be within HairBolus: The New England Hot Spot was under Hudson Bay 200 million BP, drifted under New England, and then headed

What's "BP"? o_O


Before present.
 
2013-11-03 08:09:30 PM
What sounds particularly interesting is that the magma column is now on it's side. Must be illustrative.
 
2013-11-03 08:14:19 PM
I'm shocked I hooked 3 old hand TFers with that one.
 
2013-11-03 08:48:32 PM

eyeq360: Do the people who write these stories understand verb tenses?
It should be "Maine had supervolcanoes. Wait, Maine had volcanoes?" as the last eruptions happened 420 million years ago and Maine hasn't been volcanically active since then.


The volcanos are still there, no? Just hundreds of millions years extinct. I could have read it wrong though.
 
2013-11-03 09:10:52 PM

dj_bigbird: I call bullshiat on so many levels. First, this is a Faux news article. Secondly, there's no way in hell Faux news would publish an article that says the Earth is anything other than 6000 yrs old.


You are more retarded than you think Fox News is. Their science reporting is actually pretty damn good.
 
2013-11-03 10:04:12 PM

machoprogrammer: dj_bigbird: I call bullshiat on so many levels. First, this is a Faux news article. Secondly, there's no way in hell Faux news would publish an article that says the Earth is anything other than 6000 yrs old.

You are more retarded than you think Fox News is. Their science reporting is actually pretty damn good.


Yes, I find their climate science to be impeccable. *snicker*
 
2013-11-03 10:13:52 PM
So how was Red supposed to find Andy's secret stash if Maine is covered in lava rock.
 
2013-11-03 10:28:46 PM

machoprogrammer: dj_bigbird: I call bullshiat on so many levels. First, this is a Faux news article. Secondly, there's no way in hell Faux news would publish an article that says the Earth is anything other than 6000 yrs old.

You are more retarded than you think Fox News is. Their science reporting is actually pretty damn good.


3 old hand TFers and 1 old hand liter. Doing pretty good and I didn't even try.
 
2013-11-04 12:37:12 AM

eyeq360: Do the people who write these stories understand verb tenses?
It should be "Maine had supervolcanoes. Wait, Maine had volcanoes?" as the last eruptions happened 420 million years ago and Maine hasn't been volcanically active since then.


Plus, wasn't Maine still part of Massachusetts back then?
 
2013-11-04 01:15:10 AM
Don't tell Bobby Jindal.
 
2013-11-04 02:23:22 AM

dj_bigbird: machoprogrammer: dj_bigbird: I call bullshiat on so many levels. First, this is a Faux news article. Secondly, there's no way in hell Faux news would publish an article that says the Earth is anything other than 6000 yrs old.

You are more retarded than you think Fox News is. Their science reporting is actually pretty damn good.

3 old hand TFers and 1 old hand liter. Doing pretty good and I didn't even try.


I wouldn't say you hooked Bathia. More of a nibble, then spit out.
 
2013-11-04 02:26:29 AM

Bucky Katt: Don't tell Bobby Jindal.


Maybe they'll find a volcano in Louisiana next.
 
2013-11-04 09:02:30 AM

picturescrazy: eyeq360: Do the people who write these stories understand verb tenses?
It should be "Maine had supervolcanoes. Wait, Maine had volcanoes?" as the last eruptions happened 420 million years ago and Maine hasn't been volcanically active since then.

The volcanos are still there, no? Just hundreds of millions years extinct. I could have read it wrong though.


The article states that the geologist believes there were at least four eruptions and all that is left are volcanic rock fragments, ash, and remnants of volcanic magma chambers.  Not volcanoes, but volcano remnants after the explosion.
 
2013-11-04 09:12:53 AM

eyeq360: picturescrazy: eyeq360: Do the people who write these stories understand verb tenses?
It should be "Maine had supervolcanoes. Wait, Maine had volcanoes?" as the last eruptions happened 420 million years ago and Maine hasn't been volcanically active since then.

The volcanos are still there, no? Just hundreds of millions years extinct. I could have read it wrong though.

The article states that the geologist believes there were at least four eruptions and all that is left are volcanic rock fragments, ash, and remnants of volcanic magma chambers.  Not volcanoes, but volcano remnants after the explosion.


OK, then I did read it wrong. A little wine will do that.
 
2013-11-04 05:13:57 PM

dj_bigbird: I call bullshiat on so many levels. First, this is a Faux news article. Secondly, there's no way in hell Faux news would publish an article that says the Earth is anything other than 6000 yrs old.


Give it a rest, already!  Adults talking about interesting stuff, so back to your coloring books.
 
2013-11-04 06:15:07 PM

picturescrazy: eyeq360: picturescrazy: eyeq360: Do the people who write these stories understand verb tenses?
It should be "Maine had supervolcanoes. Wait, Maine had volcanoes?" as the last eruptions happened 420 million years ago and Maine hasn't been volcanically active since then.

The volcanos are still there, no? Just hundreds of millions years extinct. I could have read it wrong though.

The article states that the geologist believes there were at least four eruptions and all that is left are volcanic rock fragments, ash, and remnants of volcanic magma chambers.  Not volcanoes, but volcano remnants after the explosion.

OK, then I did read it wrong. A little wine will do that.


It took a while for me to figure the article out as well.  It reads like the article is stating that there were volcanoes there, then you read it some more and then you find out there are no volcanoes, but stuff that would prove a volcano existed back then.
 
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