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. He has been a Western Watersheds Project Board Member off and on for many years, and also its President. For many years he produced Ralph Maughan's Wolf Report. He was a founder of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. He and Jackie Johnson Maughan wrote three editions of "Hiking Idaho." He also wrote "Beyond the Tetons" and "Backpacking Wyoming's Teton and Washakie Wilderness." He created and is the administrator of The Wildlife News.

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

  1. 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. 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. Don Riley says:

    Thanks Ralph

  5. 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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