🚗Travel Tuesday!🚗 Not only do we live at the base of some of the greatest mountains around- But we live driving distance from some pretty awesome National Parks including Yellowstone!⛰ 🌋Why is Yellowstone, Americas first ever National Park, so awesome? Most people have heard of this super volcano but what makes in particularly special is that it is home to over half of the worlds geysers(about 500, 300 are currently active)! Located astride the continental divide, stretching over 3 states and covering over 5,470 square km(or about 2000 square miles) Yellowstone is sprinkled with nearly 10,000 thermal springs, beautiful fossil forests and mud volcanoes. Not only are there hundreds of amazing hydrothermal geological happenings here, the landscape is also home to over 40 beautiful waterfalls fed by the Missouri, Yellowstone and Snake rivers!🏞 We LOVE Yellowstone! What are some of your favorite National Parks?
Is Yellowstone Going To Erupt?
New Geysers Are Erupting And “Debris And Rocks” Are Being Hurled Into The Sky…
And the experts are telling us that there is no reason for concern?
I don’t think so.
September 20, 2018 by Michael Snyder
I watch Yellowstone very closely, because an eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano could end life as we know it in America in a single moment. A full-blown eruption of Yellowstone could potentially dump a suffocating layer of volcanic ash that is at least 10 feet deep on almost the entire country, and it would instantly render about two-thirds of this nation completely uninhabitable. So yes, when Yellowstone starts rumbling there is a reason to pay attention, and right now Yellowstone is starting to rumble in ways that are unprecedented. That doesn’t mean that an eruption is imminent, but without a doubt what is currently taking place is more than just a little bit alarming.On Saturday, Ear Spring erupted plumes of water up to 30 feet in the air, endangering visitors as debris and rocks flew into the sky.
The last known eruption on that scale occurred in 1957, though several smaller eruptions were observed in 2004.
Ear Spring is one of the hottest pools in Yellowstone National Park and contains water above the boiling point up to 200 degrees.
If you are not familiar with this particular hot spring at Yellowstone, you can find the basics on Wikipedia. When a supervolcano that could ultimately kill billions of us starts flinging “debris and rocks” into the sky, that should have made front page headlines all over the planet, but it didn’t.
This was the very first time since 2004 that Ear Spring has erupted, and it was only the 4th eruption in the last 60 years.
The geothermal activity in Yellowstone is so crazy to see and even crazier to think about. The Yellowstone caldera — or super volcano — is a massive 35 miles by 45 miles wide. Obviously Old Faithful is amazing but my favorite geothermal areas in the park were Mammoth Hot Springs, a colorful hill of travertine and calcium carbonate, and the Midway Geyser Basin with the colorful Grand Prismatic Spring. Unbelievable stuff to see in person. Lots of people in these areas of the park but more than worth the crowds — it is must see stuff.
We had our final day in #naples today. In the morning we went to the ruins of #herculaneum where my #archaelogist wife @abbyghunt again led the interpretation. We then went into the heart of the #phelegreanfields#campiflegrei#supervolcano and learnt about it's ultra #plinean eruption 37,000 years ago. In #pouzolli we say how the harbour raised 2 metres in 1983 due to bradyseismic movements (the magma chamber below inflating) and how 30,000 people were evacuated from their homes. We also saw the columns at the #templeofserapsis here marine molluscs bored the pillars when bradyseismic movements took them below sea level. Later these movements brought them above sea level again. These pillars were on the front cover of Charles Lyell's Principles of Geology.
DEVELOPING: Yellowstone’s Upper Geyser Basin is showing increased signs of thermal activity, after hot plumes of water erupted from the ground several feet up in the air, forcing authorities to shut down parts of the park over the fear of new geysers forming. #yellowstone#supervolcano#wyoming
What's a trip to Yellowstone without their mascot, the mighty bison. These guys are freaking monsters and they're stupid fast. I watched as people got within striking distance, just waiting for a bloodbath
Steamboat is by far my favorite geyser. It goes off every 4-5 days, this is during a post eruption. I got here right after it had gone off so hopefully I'll be able to see it tomorrow morning. Even during the post it was shooting water hundreds of feet in the air, soaking the trees behind it, creating streams with tiny waterfalls. In the back, the tree line gets covered in silica from all the sulfur, giving it that frosted look. I came back two days later, right in between the cycles, and the entire place was dried up! Hardly any steam, no water, it looked completely different. If you dont stay here a week it's easy to miss out on so much
You can see footprints in the mud, tracking through the hotspring. It starts out looking like human prints but the spread gets very wide on the other end and looks like it could've been a bear. Either way, that must've been one hot and difficult walk