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(International Business Times)   In loving memory of Yellowstone Supervolcano. 2.1 million years BC - 2014. You destroyed Earth like no other. RIP   (ibtimes.co.uk) divider line 35
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2014-03-25 12:35:54 PM
5 votes:
Whoever wrote that needs an editor that's not smoking a bong.
2014-03-25 01:10:02 PM
4 votes:
Could we sacrifice Beiber into the volcano so as to appease the vulcanic gods of the underworld?  Just to be sure?
2014-03-25 12:39:02 PM
3 votes:
If only autoplay video could join it in death.
2014-03-25 01:20:35 PM
2 votes:
They were off a bit on the frequency of the eruptions too. It goes up about every 700,000 years, not 70,000
2014-03-25 01:20:25 PM
2 votes:
Yellowstone is the most recent system along the hot spot. There are older volcanic systems that march their way up the plains, and as they got older and older, all of those systems eventually cooled. The ground subsided, and Hawaiian-type lava covered them up.

So which way is the plate moving over the hot spot? Are Denver or Cheyenne next?
2014-03-25 01:17:09 PM
2 votes:

JohnCarter: Could we sacrifice Beiber into the volcano so as to appease the vulcanic gods of the underworld?  Just to be sure?


Pretty sure Hephaestus would consider that an insult and proceed to fry us all.
2014-03-25 01:10:52 PM
2 votes:
wtf is a deathbead?
2014-03-25 12:16:52 PM
2 votes:
Many researchers have hypothesised what would happen if Yellowstone was to erupt now, with scientists predicting it would send 2,000 more debris into the air than Mount Saint Helens did when it blew in 1980.

I wish the article would let us know exactly how many debris Mount St. Helens sent in the air in 1980, so we would have some basis for comparison.
2014-03-25 11:58:38 AM
2 votes:
Many researchers have hypothesised what would happen if Yellowstone was to erupt now, with scientists predicting it would send 2,000 more debris into the air than Mount Saint Helens did when it blew in 1980.

... and that's a lot of debris!
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2014-03-25 11:44:52 AM
2 votes:
If it becomes an extinct volcano, it will never erupt again.

Seems backwards to me. If it never erupts again, then it is extinct.
2014-03-25 11:41:33 AM
2 votes:

JoieD'Zen: TFA  says it's dying and it's going to blow - which is it?


It's dying, but it's going to try and take us with it first.

Think "Predator".

www.therobotspajamas.com
2014-03-25 04:30:54 PM
1 votes:
Crzybtch

If you are actually curious about the difference between leaving the wood lay (as the government did) and harvesting and re-planting (as Weyerhaeuser did)  then please have a look at these websites.  There are positives to both methods.

 At the end of the day though, the timber company harvested the blow down and replanted because it was in their best economic interests,  The government did nothing because the several involved agencies could not agree on what to do, so they called it a national monument and hoped that the ecology of the region would kind of take care of itself, which it kind of has.

http://www.weyerhaeuser.com/Sustainability/People/Communities/Educat io nAndOutreach/MountStHelens/NewForest

http://www.fs.usda.gov/mountsthelens
2014-03-25 03:06:17 PM
1 votes:

Wellon Dowd: So which way is the plate moving over the hot spot? Are Denver or Cheyenne next?


An essay I read by an actual geologist postulated that,

a. It's well to the north of Denver moving east. So Denver isn't on it's menu.
b. Probably done at this location based on the other calderas it's left behind. Each of them erupted a couple of times over a few million years. Yellowstone, is about the age where activity stops based on that.
c. The next potential location is under a thicker layer of crust that it probably can't punch through.
d. He'll be long dead and forgotten before anyone finds out if he's right.
2014-03-25 02:45:58 PM
1 votes:

crzybtch: MooseBayou: another, more telling pic:
[inapcache.boston.com image 850x589]

So I realize that I am totally ignorant on the subject, but could we not be using all those trees for lumber rather than killing live trees?  Is the wood bad or what?


It's a National Forest, plus a giant research area to see exactly what happens after such a cataclysmic event.
2014-03-25 02:27:17 PM
1 votes:
Everything I know about Yellowstone, I read in A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson.  I cite this as an excellent example because his research was top-notch for that book.  This, in short, is what he says...

Yellowstone explodes spectacularly roughly every 650,000 years.  The last time this happened, was a little over 650,000 years ago.  So it's probably due.  To that end, he went and spoke with one of the park geologists.  His take on the matter was, "most of the warning signs of an eruption already exist to some extent at Yellowstone.  Although right now, it appears to be releasing it's volitiles."  But even he couldn't say that it wouldn't simply explode tomorrow.  "Volcanoes are strange things.  We really don't understand them at all."

And if that thing decided to blow up as it had in the past, it would seriously wreck the entire biosphere of the planet for many thousands of years.
2014-03-25 02:24:02 PM
1 votes:

menschenfresser: Wellon Dowd: Yellowstone is the most recent system along the hot spot. There are older volcanic systems that march their way up the plains, and as they got older and older, all of those systems eventually cooled. The ground subsided, and Hawaiian-type lava covered them up.

So which way is the plate moving over the hot spot? Are Denver or Cheyenne next?

I want to say that the North American plate is moving west to southwest. So, look out Fargo?


Based on this map, it looks like Billings, Montana.

upload.wikimedia.org
2014-03-25 02:13:34 PM
1 votes:
images.ghostbusters.net

"Is it too warm in here for debris?"
2014-03-25 01:59:47 PM
1 votes:

JoieD'Zen: TFA  says it's dying and it's going to blow - which is it?


I would also like to know if it's Volcano Warming or Volcano Cooling. C'mon scienticians, make up your mind.
2014-03-25 01:59:34 PM
1 votes:
i.imgur.com
2014-03-25 01:58:10 PM
1 votes:
FTFA: "It looks like it's boiling. But it is actually from steam or CO2."

Looks like everyone jumped on the debris bandwagon and missed this gem.
2014-03-25 01:54:35 PM
1 votes:

Wellon Dowd: Yellowstone is the most recent system along the hot spot. There are older volcanic systems that march their way up the plains, and as they got older and older, all of those systems eventually cooled. The ground subsided, and Hawaiian-type lava covered them up.

So which way is the plate moving over the hot spot? Are Denver or Cheyenne next?


Find Yellowstone on Google Maps. Switch to satellite view. Zoom up until you can see all the Rockies. You'll see the path to the SW, then curving to NW. Just follow the Snake River.

That implies that the hot spot is moving toward the NE, relative to the plate.
2014-03-25 01:53:21 PM
1 votes:
Copyediting is also, apparently, on its molten deathbead.

/morans
2014-03-25 01:24:38 PM
1 votes:

JohnCarter: Could we sacrifice Beiber into the volcano so as to appease the vulcanic gods of the underworld?  Just to be sure?


That would almost guarantee an eruption. It would be viewed as an insult.
2014-03-25 01:21:51 PM
1 votes:
Hah! That's just what the trilobites said. Ask one now what they think. Just ask one now.
2014-03-25 01:20:10 PM
1 votes:

Lydia_C: meat0918: JoieD'Zen: TFA  says it's dying and it's going to blow - which is it?

It could explode next Tuesday, give or take 70,000 years.

Btw, TFA is off by an order of magnitude here. Yellowstone last erupted 640,000 years ago. That's an extra zero in there.

The bong-smoking editor decided to uniformly clip a zero off the correct ballpark number. Probably had his mind blown thinking about the vastness of time.

/whoa


Ok, next Tuesday, give or take 640,000 years.
2014-03-25 01:16:58 PM
1 votes:

meat0918: JoieD'Zen: TFA  says it's dying and it's going to blow - which is it?

It could explode next Tuesday, give or take 70,000 years.


Btw, TFA is off by an order of magnitude here. Yellowstone last erupted 640,000 years ago. That's an extra zero in there.

The bong-smoking editor decided to uniformly clip a zero off the correct ballpark number. Probably had his mind blown thinking about the vastness of time.

/whoa
2014-03-25 01:15:43 PM
1 votes:
TL;DR = "We don't have any idea what this volcano will do."
2014-03-25 01:12:37 PM
1 votes:
Don't taunt the dynamite volcano. Just don't do it.
2014-03-25 01:11:16 PM
1 votes:

Superjew: ZAZ: If it becomes an extinct volcano, it will never erupt again.

Seems backwards to me. If it never erupts again, then it is extinct.

If that was the definition, we couldn't label any volcano as extinct until the end of time.


That's kind of the problem of trying to invent classifications for things that we have no control over.  The best you can say is that if it appears that a volcano is no longer capable of erupting, it is extinct; since, clearly, declaring a volcano as being extinct does not prevent it from ever erupting again.  We humans are simply observing and classifying the best we know how, given our present knowledge of how things work.
2014-03-25 01:09:49 PM
1 votes:

JoieD'Zen: TFA  says it's dying and it's going to blow - which is it?


It could explode next Tuesday, give or take 70,000 years.
2014-03-25 01:06:42 PM
1 votes:
watch it go off tomorrow

thanks for jinxing us!
2014-03-25 12:54:49 PM
1 votes:
The Grand Prismatic Spring, the largest in the United States and third largest in the world, is seen in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

The Grand Prismatic Spring is the 3rd largest Grand Prismatic Spring in the world.  I wonder how many debris that is?
2014-03-25 12:43:16 PM
1 votes:

Cyberluddite: Many researchers have hypothesised what would happen if Yellowstone was to erupt now, with scientists predicting it would send 2,000 more debris into the air than Mount Saint Helens did when it blew in 1980.

I wish the article would let us know exactly how many debris Mount St. Helens sent in the air in 1980, so we would have some basis for comparison.


ALOT!

I remember it blowing, I was in Portland at the time.
2014-03-25 12:02:12 PM
1 votes:
I can't make any decisions on this until I hear what Bobby Jindall thinks.
2014-03-25 11:33:16 AM
1 votes:
TFA  says it's dying and it's going to blow - which is it?
 
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