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Yellowstone Eruption Threat High

  1. May 9, 2005 #1
    "Smith does not paint the devastating picture portrayed in a recent TV docudrama but said smaller threats exist. For example, a lower-scale hydrothermal blast could scald tourists strolling along boardwalks.
    Emissions of toxic gases from the park's geothermal features also pose a threat. Five bison dropped dead last year after inhaling poisonous gases trapped near the ground due to cold, calm weather near Norris Geyser Basin.
    Stepped up monitoring and a new 24-hour watch office could lead to more timely warnings and help avoid human catastrophes at Yellowstone and nationally, according to the USGS."

    URL: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7789918/

    I saw some of the "docudrama" as well as a NGC pure documentary on this subject, which was very scary. It's not just a volcano, but a "supervolcano".
     
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  3. May 9, 2005 #2

    JamesU

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    Yeah, supervolcano's etuptions can be like a hundred miles wide. They really think it'll erupt? I knew we were over due.
     
  4. May 9, 2005 #3

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  6. May 10, 2005 #5
    so..if yellostone blows up we are screwed big time right ?
     
  7. May 10, 2005 #6
    The end of civilization as we know it.
     
  8. May 10, 2005 #7
    actually i would not mind it, because USA gonna go first and maybe rest of the world would somehow cope better with this blow up..
    you know, people who are less dependant on electricity, and all basic servicess.
     
  9. May 10, 2005 #8

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    Yeah I wouoldn't mind no running water for a few decades.
     
  10. May 10, 2005 #9
    You're on that part of guam, eh?
     
  11. May 10, 2005 #10

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    Thanks for posting this--I saw the same article, and in view of the documentary, which I also saw, I was going to post likewise. :biggrin:
     
  12. May 10, 2005 #11

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    Jealous, eh?
     
  13. May 10, 2005 #12
    Yes, it is capable of ending civilization as we know it, but also capable of many less severe kinds of eruption.

    The programs took me by surprise: I had no idea volcanic eruptions of the scale they talked about had ever happened. It ranks right up there with getting hit by a big asteroid, or global thermonuclear holocaust.

    Mt. Ranier, as the article mentioned, is another looming threat. In Italy a huge population has grown up around Mt. Vesuvius which could blow again at any time.

    In 1980 when Mt. St. Helen's blew, I was about twenty five and had grown up assuming all North American volcanos were extinct. I thought, "Huh? We have those here????" I think pretty much everyone in the country outside of geologists had no clue.
     
  14. May 10, 2005 #13

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    If it interests you, I reccomend you look into the Toba supervolcano, being the last one to erupt. It is suggested to have caused a severe bottleneck in the early human population.
    I used to have a link to a good page on it, but I can't seem to find it anymore.
     
  15. May 10, 2005 #14

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    I hate all bastards with air conditioning and running water. :biggrin:
     
  16. May 10, 2005 #15
    I think we are more in tune to the possible natural disasters that are closest to where we live.
    Odds are a mega eruption will not occure in my life time.
    I have much greater odds of being in a Tornado, so I tend to worry about them, hence learn more about them.
     
  17. May 10, 2005 #16
    I lived in Ohio and Minnesota for a while where I was constantly dodging tornados, so I know what that's like. Here, I had to forget tornados and get used to the earthquakes and wildfires.
     
  18. May 11, 2005 #17
    Incidently, Geneticists have noted that there seems to be a genetic bottleneck tracing populations back 75,000 years or so, to a point where there seem to hav ebee only 5,000 people or so left alive. That is roughly the same time period as the last super volcanic eruption.
     
  19. May 11, 2005 #18

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    That would be the toba eruption I mentioned.
     
  20. May 11, 2005 #19
    Don't worry, I noticed who was first.
     
  21. May 11, 2005 #20
    Indeed you did. See, this is why i need to not be lazy and read whole threads before posting. Sorry bout that.
     
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