#1 Scientists dismiss claims that Yellowstone volcano about to erupt04-05-2014, 12:38 AM
By Laura Zuckerman
(Reuters) - Yellowstone National Park assured guests and the public on Thursday that a super-volcano under the park was not expected to erupt anytime soon, despite an alarmist video that claimed bison had been seen fleeing to avoid such a calamity.
Yellowstone officials, who fielded dozens of calls and emails since the video went viral this week following an earthquake in the park, said the video actually shows bison galloping down a paved road that leads deeper into the park. (To see the video, click on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ij7ZHa1GqPQ)
"It was a spring-like day and they were frisky. Contrary to online reports, it's a natural occurrence and not the end of the world," park spokeswoman Amy Bartlett said.
Assurances by Yellowstone officials and government geologists that the ancient super-volcano beneath the park is not due to explode for eons have apparently done little to quell fears among the thousands who have viewed recent video postings of the thundering herd.
Commentary with one of the clips by a self-described survivalist wearing camouflage, dark sunglasses and a black watch cap suggests the wildlife exodus may be tied to "an imminent eruption here at Yellowstone."
The 4.8 magnitude earthquake that struck early Sunday near the Norris Geyser Basin in the northwest section of Yellowstone, which spans 3,472 square miles of Wyoming, Montana and Idaho, caused no injuries or damages and did not make any noticeable alterations to the landscape, geologists said.
Though benign by seismic standards, it was the largest to rattle Yellowstone since a 4.8 quake in February 1980 and it occurred near an area of ground uplift tied to the upward movement of molten rock in the super-volcano, whose mouth, or caldera, is 50 miles long and 30 miles wide.
But neither the quake, the largest among hundreds that have struck near the geyser basin in the last seven months, nor the uplift suggest an eruption sooner than tens of thousands of years, said Peter Cervelli, associate director for science and technology at the U.S. Geological Survey's Volcano Science Center in California.
Get as many credit cards as you can and party down, winter is coming.
They will blame the volcano on global warming.
04-05-2014, 02:28 AM
If it's a 'Consensus of scientists,' it looks like we're screwed, then.
07-10-2014, 10:26 PM
Hot spot: Yellowstone road melts, sites closed
The ever-changing thermal geology of Yellowstone National Park has created a hot spot that melted an asphalt road and closed access to popular geysers and other attractions at the height of tourist season, officials said Thursday.
As they examined possible fixes, park officials warned visitors not to hike into the affected area, where the danger of stepping through solid-looking soil into boiling-hot water was high.
"There are plenty of other great places to see thermal features in the park," Yellowstone spokesman Al Nash said. "I wouldn't risk personal injury to see these during this temporary closure."
Naturally changing thermal features often damage Yellowstone's roads and boardwalks. Steaming potholes in asphalt roads and parking lots -- marked off by traffic cones -- are fairly common curiosities.
However, the damage to Firehole Lake Drive is unusually severe and could take several days to fix. The 3.3-mile loop six miles north of Old Faithful takes visitors past Great Fountain Geyser, White Dome Geyser and Firehole Lake.
Unusually warm weather for Yellowstone -- with high temperatures in the mid-80s -- has contributed to turning the road into a hot, sticky mess.
"We've got some ideas. We're going to try them. Our maintenance staff has really looked at the issue," Nash said.
Hot water? Suuuuuuurrrrrrrre.
Last edited by Retread; 07-10-2014 at 10:33 PM.
It's been a long road and not all of it was paved.
A man is but a product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes. Gandhi
Originally Posted by Carol
07-11-2014, 08:56 AM
Perhaps they should talk to some folks in Hawaii about hot weather and hot ground-water.
Oh, wait... eventually they would be forced to admit there was a problem!
Better to just fall back on the mantra.
"Nothing to see here... Move along, move along!"Social Order at the expense of Liberty is hardly a bargain - Marquis de Sade
07-11-2014, 09:56 AM
I went to Yellowstone in the early 80s, before they knew it was basically one huge volcano. It's cool to see all those volcanic features, like the emerald pools and the geysers. To see things like the sulfur pools up close, you walk on platforms, because it is too hot to walk on the ground.
It seems possible to me that a road there would melt without it necessarily being a sign that a huge eruption is in the immediate future.
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