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Yellowstone has a lot bigger magma chamber than they thought

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posted on Dec, 17 2009 @ 12:26 AM

Check out this article.

They did a 3D map of the Yellowstone magma chamber. It is way bigger than they thought.

ScienceDaily (Dec. 14, 2009) — The most detailed seismic images yet published of the plumbing that feeds the Yellowstone supervolcano shows a plume of hot and molten rock rising at an angle from the northwest at a depth of at least 410 miles, contradicting claims that there is no deep plume, only shallow hot rock moving like slowly boiling soup.

20% bigger than they thought.

The little 3D diagram they have in that article is very interesting, give you an idea how gigantic this thing is.

They say that it is a hot spot coming from deep within the mantle, which goes against the previous notion that there was a relatively shallow magma chamber just below the surface.

There is a lot of potential for disaster there in Jellystone.

posted on Dec, 17 2009 @ 12:32 AM
Looking at that 3-D image, it kinda explains the pattern of quakes from the last cluster.

I hope that we have at least thousands of years before that blows....because there won't be much left for a several-hundred mile radias, and our climate would be drastically changed with a full erruption.

posted on Dec, 17 2009 @ 05:23 AM
Interesting article! Thanks for bringing that to our attention.

This can only be an important discovery and potentially crucial for scientists to further understand how the caldera works.

I also suspect this information will serve as more fuel for those who speculate on the next eruption date!

posted on Dec, 17 2009 @ 07:03 AM
Hmmm... a plantary boil, so to speak. The great carbuncle of doom. Someday it WILL go off and it won't be pretty. Enjoy it while it lasts, yellowstone is one the greatest natural areas in the world.

posted on Dec, 18 2009 @ 10:47 AM
The size of the Yellowstone eruption will be based not on the size of the magma chamber but the amount of pressure behind the eruption. For all we know the eruption will be light.

[edit on 18-12-2009 by DaMod]


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