Yup, I'm still obsessing. I've been trying to settle the matter in my own mind by finding some accurate data. Well, that has not been easy. I was
reading up on the subject and have found that WLWY GPS is offline. I'm not too quick to jump to conspiracy. I've been watching Yellowstone for years
so I've seen lots of instruments breaking down or acting strangely. Even when Norris had that big jump and dump I didn't worry. I have a basic
understanding of what's normal. There. I suppose.
Overall, earthquakes are on the low end of the scale. Small swarms here and there as per usual. Let's forget Norris for the moment to make that
statement 100% true. I've been reading the official YVO page and updates. They've been kept busy dealing with rumours galore. None of the rumours have
interested me and I really haven't been that keen on entertaining the ideas. Norris was the only exception. Also, Jake Lowenstern stated that the
GPS station WLWY is offline -but since there are other active stations which are still measuring uplift- no need to worry ( what me worry?.
Here's their main page. You can find Jake's Montly update. Anmarie usually puts it up but I think she missed the last one.
So, it's not exactly been easy to figure out the rate of uplift. For reference, you should at least scan, " An extraordinary episode of Yellowstone
2004–2010, from GPS and InSAR observations
Wu‐Lung Chang,1 Robert B. Smith,2 Jamie Farrell,2 and Christine M. Puskas."
So, when Yellowstone is rising at rate of 7 cm per year, this is considered an extraordinary event. Well, it seem commonplace now. Because this recent
uplift is at least equal to 7 cm. Looking at the graphs and reading the updates by Jake, it can be stated that the uplift didn't start right at
January 1. Also, I should note that the GPS station which showed the greatest uplift during that extraordinary period (2005-2010) was the now defunked
WLWY. I'm sure it's collecting data, it's just not sending data. If you look at the graphs, it would appear that there has been at least 5 cm or 6 cm
of uplift, and that is for about only six months. Given a year, that would be 10 cm. Okay, let's be conservative and say 9cm or 8 cm. This still means
we have an even greater uplift than the extraordinary uplift of 2005-2010. Yet, everything is normal according to the YVO. And, if you take the whole
period from 1974 ( yeah- robin )
) if you take the recorded history of uplift and subsidence, you don't get ups and downs. YOU get a
fluctuating rising of the caldera.
This is not a minor difference in interpretation.
If anyone can find a graph with the whole record of uplift from 1974 to present I would be very thankful. And, I know this isn't easy to do since I
don't even know if they have a graph with a whole record. Because the park doesn't rise and fall in unison. If you've been watching you'll know the
thing is always moving. One area over here (Norris) one area over there (White Lake) So, it's not that I don't agree with the geologist's statement
that Yellowstone is moving as per normal, it's just that they aren't exactly telling the whole story.
So, my story and their story differ. But the funny thing is that we are using the same information. The difference may be that the are experts and I
but a lonely loon. So, be warned to always consider all sides of the situation before judging.
From the information that they, the Official Yellowstone Volcano Observatory, have provided, Yellowstone had an "EXTRAORDINARY" uplift due to "
magmatic replenishment". I'll say this again, MAGMATIC REPLENISHMENT caused the previous uplift. So, the same is happening again, after only a short
SUBSIDENCE, and is happening at a fastest, or faster rate.
The volcano is filling. And seemingly faster than before.
(i tried to understate this conclusion so as not to put my doom spin on it---- this is according to data research papers- i'm just reporting)
So, if someone can provide any data or proof that I'm off base, please share because I have yet to comfort myself in any way. (I'm sorry, I keep
trying to figure what's causing me to panic and not let go. And there's no big mystery. It's boils down to Yellowstone is heating up faster than it's
cooling down. And I can't ignore that fact.
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