For the last 3 years the floor of much of the Yellowstone caldera has been rising at 3 inches a year, much faster than previous uplifts. In the past, of course, the uplift has always stopped and then fallen.

This time will probably be the same.

There have been many versions of the story the last week. This one is more detailed than most, and a touch more scary.

Yellowstone Volcano Inflating With Molten Rock At Record Rate. Science Daily

USGS Map of the Yellowstone caldera and older calderas. 

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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is President of the Western Watersheds Project.

5 Responses to Yellowstone Volcano Inflating With Molten Rock At Record Rate

  1. avatar Don Riley says:

    What a way to go!!!!! To bad no newspapers will be around to publish the obituary…… Can anyone tell me what the two little red circles inside the big red circle (the Yellowstone Cauldera I”m assuming) represent?

    Don

  2. avatar kim kaiser says:

    this one way to settle the wolf, cow, sheep, bear problem,,,wipe out the whole mess and start again,

  3. Don,

    Those are the “resurgent domes.” That’s where the ground is rising up to 3 inches a year.

  4. avatar Don Riley says:

    Thanks Ralph

  5. avatar JB says:

    Kim says:

    “this one way to settle the wolf, cow, sheep, bear problem,,,wipe out the whole mess and start again”

    Yeah, too bad it would take a fair portion of us along with the rest of the animals!

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