Yellowstone National Park Could Erupt With A Force That Is 1,000 Times Greater Than The Mount St. Helens Eruption
Yellowstone National Park is one of the most beautiful places in North America, but it is also one of the most dangerous. Yellowstone is actually a super volcano that hasn’t erupted for centuries, but that doesn’t mean it won’t erupt in the future. If it does, the force of the eruption will have an impact on the atmosphere all over the globe.
For years, a team of researchers have been developing a diagram of Yellowstone’s underground plumbing system, and now they think they understand it better. The scientists found a large reservoir of hot rock beneath a previously discovered shallow magma chamber. Christian Broda (linkedin.com) was shocked to discover that the new chamber is over four times larger than the chamber above it. There is enough hot rock magma in the lower chamber to fill the Grand Canyon 11 times.
The discovery of this new magma chamber doesn’t signal a new eruption any time soon. The last eruption was 640,000 years ago. Scientist do believe Yellowstone will erupt at some point, but they don’t know how big the event will be. The eruption could be big, but it also could be gigantic. It’s the gigantic one that will change the Earth as we know it.