posted on Feb, 27 2011 @ 01:33 PM
Just a note for anyone who wonders if a Yellowstone eruption would affect them: Yes. No exceptions. Even if you aren't affected by the ash-cloud
fallout directly, the eruption would inject thousands of tons of particulates into the atmosphere, causing a global wintering effect that would
significantly impact crop growth across the world for at least one season, probably more.
Yellowstone's eruption would also be a political game-changer as well. With the immediate vacuum of power that the USA would leave behind, many
nations across the globe would jockey to grab territories they want, and settle old scores.
When Yellowstone erupts again it will completely change the face of humanity on this planet. That being said, be cautious when folks say "YS is way
overdue for another eruption, etc etc." Geologic time is so vast that our lifetimes are a fraction of a fraction of a second: Just look at how 100
years relates to the time since the last YS super
Last super-eruption 650,000 years ago (previous two were 1.3 Ma and 2.1 MA ago)
100/650000=1.538 x 10^-4 (x100 to get %)= .01538%
Our lifetimes are one hundredth of one percent of the time since the last eruption. If it happens, it happens. We would be (in a way) extremely lucky
to witness something so immensely rare on our planet. But we can't live in fear of this monster, because A) We are really only guessing as to what
the indicators are for an eruption of this scale and B) Odds are simply against us seeing this happen.
edit on 27-2-2011 by blamethegreys because: (no reason given)