Nov
08
2007

Yellowstone rising: Crater is climbing three inches a year

Yellowstone volcano of the past: A mud volcano in Norris Geyser Basin that was vigorously active in 1947, intermittently ejecting thick mud clots when surface water was scarce, but a surging gray viscous pool when surface water was more abundant, as shown here, when the pool was about 4
Yellowstone volcano of the past: A mud volcano in Norris Geyser Basin that was vigorously active in 1947, intermittently ejecting thick mud clots when surface water was scarce, but a surging gray viscous pool when surface water was more abundant, as shown here, when the pool was about 4
Just last week I had a very concerned visitor here at the museum asking about how soon the volcanic activity around Yellowstone is going to erupt again. In geologic time, it’s due to be real soon. In our human understanding time, it’s probably nothing we need to be overly concerned about.

But new data show that something is brewing up in the Yellowstone region. The volcanic crater left in Yellowstone after its last eruption has been rising in elevation about three inches a year for the last three years, report researchers from the University of Utah.

That growth could be the result of molten rock accumulating and growing underneath the crater. But researchers say there are no signs of an imminent eruption coming.

In fact, many similar volcanic craters around the world regularly rise and fall from such molten activity for decades for centuries before eruptions.

Historically, Yellowstone has been the site of huge volcanic eruptions 2 million, 1.3 million and 642,000 years ago. All of those eruptions were more devastating than the eruption of Mount St. Helens in Washington in 1980.

Of course, all of that heat and energy trapped beneath Yellowstone help to fuel the geysers that some of the key attractions of the national park that’s primarily in northwestern Wyoming.

I’ve talked with some park rangers who’ve said that the next time Yellowstone blows, we’ll notice the impacts here in Minnesota, even in a significant drop of sunlight getting through ash-filled skies. What do you think? Is a Yellowstone eruption something we need to be freaking out about?

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Ben's picture
Ben says:

Oh I hope this happens soon! We could use a good culling of the 'heard'. Super volcano errupt! ;)

Yellowstone has to be one of the coolest places on earth that I have had the pleasure of visiting. If you get the chance, you should visit Yellowstone national park before its impending self-destruction.

posted on Tue, 11/13/2007 - 8:30am
ayan's picture
ayan says:

hi i hope this happens ;)

posted on Tue, 11/13/2007 - 12:33pm
ciya's picture
ciya says:

well i hope that this does not happen. i want my kids to see yellowstone when they get older. its would be very sad if the volcano blew up. i have been studying the volcano on my own since i was 12 and if the volcano did blow up, it owuld effect everyone. many people would die so i dont really think its a smart thing to say that you hope it blows up

posted on Fri, 11/04/2011 - 12:45pm
Thor's picture
Thor says:

Here is some more information about volcanic activity at Yellowstone. Vulcanologist Kristi Wallace is our Scientist on the Spot this month and has answers to tons of volcano questions, including one I posed about the Yellowstone area. You'll need to scroll through many questions to get to the Yellowstone information.

posted on Thu, 11/15/2007 - 6:03pm
CHRISTOPHER BROWN's picture

I THINK IT'S ALL GOING TO HAPPEN ON DECEMBER 26 2012. THEY SAID THE 21ST BUT IT'S NOT IT. THOSE ARE THE CALCULATIONS I MADE! I THINK THAT IT WILL RESULT IN A E.L.E. IF YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN BY THAT. BUT I HOPE WE SURVIVE! I'M ONLY 14 I HAVE MY WHOLE LIFE PLANNED AHEAD OF ME. BUT IF THIS HAPPENS WHAT WAS ALL THE EDUCATION FOR GOING TO SCHOOL WORTH ANYWAY!

posted on Fri, 02/29/2008 - 2:14pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i like chicken noodle soup and i want to live my life and not have it end to soon OMG i am scared..........

posted on Sat, 03/01/2008 - 11:39am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

all i got to say is i better live to have kids and get married im 15 and i need to be able to experience life so no stupid earth should ruin these chances of me dying when im old and brittle

posted on Sat, 03/01/2008 - 11:39am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

When Will It'S Next Eruption Be

posted on Mon, 03/03/2008 - 12:56pm
wraithdrudge's picture
wraithdrudge says:

definitly! the eruption is simply going to dramatically change life in the u.s. millions will starve and die due to ash clouds blocking sunlight and thus harming crops!when this happens the devastation will be unlike any we have reported before!the explosion could even cause some of the land to cave in!

posted on Wed, 10/22/2008 - 4:26pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

so when is it supost to erupt again and should we be comsend

posted on Mon, 12/08/2008 - 3:16pm
bryan kennedy's picture

There has been some more activity in Yellowstone that you might be interested in. Will Yellowstone blow it's top?

posted on Fri, 01/02/2009 - 11:23am
Da Duke's picture
Da Duke says:

BRYAN, I have read your comment on the erruption of Yellowstone. This scares me emensley. I believe it will happen sooner then our geologest believe. I am 67 years old and have seen the planet change. The weather has gone bonkers. So has the hurricanes,earthquakes and eruptions around the world. They call it global warming caused by human life style.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Some of that might be true, but I think it is a natural accurance in the life cycle of the Planet Earth. I fear for my grandchildren and my children. If it happens, I hope it happens fast. Nice to talk to you. Duke

posted on Sun, 01/11/2009 - 5:19pm
Da Duke's picture
Da Duke says:

I believe that Geologist are taking this too lightly. With all the change in weather patterns,eathquakes, eruptions, etc. We should wake up. We are not being told the whole story.

posted on Sun, 01/11/2009 - 4:59pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

2014

posted on Sun, 02/15/2009 - 3:28pm

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