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Re: Yellowstone 'supervolcano' ?

Postby knapplc » Thu Jan 08, 2009 8:27 am

I've known about the 'supervolcano' at Jellystone for a while now. I didn't realize there was concern today about it. The thing could go off today or never. It's a largely inactive soft spot in Earth's crust, with a pool of magma not too far from the surface (geologically speaking).

I'm more worried about asteroids and virus pandemics than I am about this volcano.
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Re: Yellowstone 'supervolcano' ?

Postby Madison » Thu Jan 08, 2009 9:05 am

knapplc wrote:I'm more worried about asteroids


We'd just send a shuttle up, dig a hole, and drop a nuke in it ala Armageddon. :-b
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Re: Yellowstone 'supervolcano' ?

Postby Metroid » Thu Jan 08, 2009 9:10 am

Madison wrote:
knapplc wrote:I'm more worried about asteroids


We'd just send a shuttle up, dig a hole, and drop a nuke in it ala Armageddon. :-b

I'm pretty sure Bruce Willis is always available.
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Re: Yellowstone 'supervolcano' ?

Postby Munboy » Thu Jan 08, 2009 1:21 pm

Yea, there's been a couple specials on yellowstone's super volcano. Apparently, I'm going to have ringside seats.

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Re: Yellowstone 'supervolcano' ?

Postby Nfl Fan » Thu Jan 08, 2009 1:45 pm

Munboy wrote:Yea, there's been a couple specials on yellowstone's super volcano. Apparently, I'm going to have ringside seats.


Pyroclastic flow would engulf the greater part of three states


I guess that would include you. :-o

Well, for your sake, let's hope an earlier post is correct as to IT NOT HAPPENING FOR QUITE SOME TIME! ;-) O:-)
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Re: Yellowstone 'supervolcano' ?

Postby Guru13 » Thu Jan 08, 2009 1:52 pm

Alright before I post this, I think I need a disclaimer: I do not want this to happen.


But...wouldn't it be interesting? A giant volcano engulfing 3 entire states with lava (or well, it said pyroclastic flow, which is different than regular lava movement, it's much faster), and caking 1000's of square miles in volcanic dust. That wouldn't be cool at all, but it would most definitely interesting.
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Re: Yellowstone 'supervolcano' ?

Postby Nfl Fan » Thu Jan 08, 2009 1:58 pm

FantasyFutballGuru13 wrote:Alright before I post this, I think I need a disclaimer: I do not want this to happen.


But...wouldn't it be interesting? A giant volcano engulfing 3 entire states with lava (or well, it said pyroclastic flow, which is different than regular lava movement, it's much faster), and caking 1000's of square miles in volcanic dust. That wouldn't be cool at all, but it would most definitely interesting.


Front page stuff. :,-(
It would make a mess of the world, that's for sure. Imagine the starvation due to America virtually losing ALL ability to grow crops, just to list one of the many effects brought on by such a cataclysmic event.

I didn't know what a pyroclastic flow was, until now... :-*

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyroclastic_flow
The flows are fast-moving currents of hot gas and rock (collectively known as tephra), which travel away from the volcano at speeds generally as great as 450 mi/h (700 km/hr).[2] The gas can reach temperatures of about 1,000 °C (1,830 °F). The flows normally hug the ground and travel downhill, or spread laterally under gravity. Their speed depends upon the density of the current, the volcanic output rate, and the gradient of the slope.
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Re: Yellowstone 'supervolcano' ?

Postby dream_017 » Thu Jan 08, 2009 2:57 pm

At least it would take a few Canadians with it ;-7
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Re: Yellowstone 'supervolcano' ?

Postby knapplc » Thu Jan 08, 2009 3:17 pm

Nfl Fan wrote:I didn't know what a pyroclastic flow was, until now... :-*

There was a pretty famous video of the pyrclastic flow that came down Pinatubo a few years ago. I didn't see it on a quick search of youtube but it's got to be out there. These things are very dangerous and account for a lot of deaths in a lot of eruptions. Pyroclastic flows buried Pompeii and Herculaneum, so those are two very good examples of what these things can do. Devastating stuff.
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Re: Yellowstone 'supervolcano' ?

Postby Guru13 » Thu Jan 08, 2009 3:34 pm

Pyroclastic Flow

now imagine one spreadin out over 3 states.
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