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Yellowstone A More Active, Less ‘Super’ Volcano...

 
Nanna-Ree
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Yellowstone A More Active, Less ‘Super’ Volcano...
New research is casting doubts on the frequency or even the possibility of a ‘super-eruption’ that could blot out the sun from the Earth with a thick veil of volcanic ash.

A joint research team from Washington State University and the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre said the biggest Yellowstone eruption on record was actually two different eruptions at least 6,000 years apart.

According to the study published in the June 2012 issue of the Quaternary Geochronology, these eruptions are thought to have created the Huckleberry Ridge around 2 million years ago. The first eruption generated 2,200 cubic kilometers of volcanic material, while the second, smaller eruption generated 290 cubic kilometers.

The first eruption is still considered to be ‘super’ according to the Volcanic Explosivity Index (VEI) and likely covered the sky in volcanic ash from California to the Mississippi River.

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Re: Yellowstone A More Active, Less ‘Super’ Volcano...
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"The recent study’s findings suggest that the volcanic formation known as the Island Park Caldera is more active than previously thought"

"While the last known Yellowstone eruption to cause a lava flow was about 70,000 years ago, smaller steam-only eruptions have caused seismic events like the one at Yellowstone Lake almost 14,000 years ago that created a 5 km crater".
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Although they think it can't erupt as much as previously thought I think the doom factor is definately still there
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Re: Yellowstone A More Active, Less ‘Super’ Volcano...
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Re: Yellowstone A More Active, Less ‘Super’ Volcano...
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thanks for the bump
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