posted on Mar, 20 2010 @ 03:40 PM
I used to work for the Gov...BLM in fact, as a wildland firefighter. Anyway, long story short, I spent a few weeks detailed down in Grants, NM to aid
in Fire Severity. It's a sub-office of Albuquerque BLM office. We didn't have any fires to fight, but we did get to do some prescribed burning on
one of the maars. Very fun times. Also got to check out some of the Lava Tubes that are down in that area. Talk about interesting as well as a bit
scary. I'm not one to get lost while out in the woods and whatnot, but traversing some of that lava field, I was easily disoriented due to the lack
of visible landmarks for reference. The scenery due to volcanic activity was simply breathtaking. Lava domes everywhere!
Now being close to Yellowstone....generally speaking, and studying some of the history of and geography, it is amazing what the last eruption from
yellowstone caused. The east side of Yellowstone is rumored to have thrown out close to 5000 ft of ash over many hundreds of square miles. This ash
solidified and was later carved out with time, water, and wind. The canyon that leads from Cody, WY to Yellowstone (East Gate) is the result of this
erosion of ash and whatnot.
Anyone that thinks Yellowstone erupting is gonna just be a localized event similar to Mt St Helens is seriously flawed in their thinking. The fallout
alone will affect the entire Eastern North America immediately. We are talking a caldera that is roughly 130 square miles. That is comparable
to the size of Las Vegas, NV. Now something that size erupting is not going to be a little belch of soot, lava and ash. The eruption is going to
eject boulders the size of blocks (i.e. a city block 1/4 mile by a 1/4 mile) as well as rocks the size of houses many many miles into the atmosphere.
This eruption could easily put the Earth into a Major Ice-Age lasting 100's of years if not thousands, following the immediate raising of the
temperature of the Earth by many degrees (Global Warming isn't even a good term to relate to the temperature change). This is why this caldera would
be termed a "super-volcano" if it erupted.
And with the amount of water currently in Yellowstone Lake, it would also be a very explosive eruption. The eruption would completely reshape the
Rocky Mountain Region. But the chances of this happening in our future is very slim. The likely-hood of California falling off the continent due to
the San Andreas Fault is more likely in my opinion. My recommendation for any that haven't visited Yellowstone to take the time to spend in this
unique area of the world. Not only is the flora and fauna very intriguing to view, but the geography is simply breathtaking, from Old Faithful, to
the mini-Grand Canyon that is carved by the Yellowstone River. Just don't be a idiot tourist and think that buffalo are a tame and docile species
that can be approached and pet.