Will the Yellowstone erupt?

By | October 23, 2009

Guest blog by Ryan Riols and Jacqueline Casteel

Yellowstone National Park, located in the western United States is considered a super volcano.  OthersSo what exactly is a super volcano? According to R.S.J Sparks,

A super eruption is a scaled up version of a typical volcanic outburst. Each is caused by a rising and growing chamber of hot molten rock known as magma.

So now that we know this, what would happen if the super volcano known as Yellowstone were to erupt? Yellowstone The eruption of Yellowstone would easily be the greatest catastrophe that the modern world has ever experienced. The eruption would be preceded by several massive earthquakes and the Yellowstone Plateau would begin to rise to extreme levels. Gases would begin to build and once released the explosion would affect the majority of North America. Massive ash falls would cover up to half of the United States and travel throughout the atmosphere blocking the sun. This would cause temperatures to fall and would lead to devastating agricultural failures.  Link. Most scientists predict that this eruption will not occur for thousands of years, however, it is inevitable and a disaster the United States will eventually be faced with.

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