Sunday, December 27, 2009

Yellowstone Is Going To Blow Up

Yeah, it’s true: Yellowstone National Park is pretty ripe for one huge mother of a volcanic explosion, such as has not been seen in 640 million years.

There is a lot of molten magma (“a lot” = “you wouldn’t believe it”) underneath the ground and it’s getting ready to blow. A lot of signs are pointing toward this huge event which is already 40 thousand years late and could happen any time now. If I were you, I’d think seriously about where I would vacation in the near future.

Mars might be a good idea. Our country would pretty much be wiped out, or at least made uninhabitable for quite some time to come. The planet itself is not going to be in the best of shape when Yelly decides to wake up, stretch and burp. It’s not just a volcano, but a super-volcano: atom bomb compared to a firecracker.

Our Fair Planet has been around for 4.5 billion years and things haven’t quite settled down yet. That’s how it is in geological terms. The center of the earth is still hotter than hot because, after all those years, it still hasn’t cooled yet. It’s not like a cake you take out of the oven and some time later it’s ready to eat.

Offhand, I don’t know just how hot it is, but the inside is nickel and the stuff is all liquid. That’s hot. We’re living on top of a very hot planet, on a rather thin crust. It shatters and we can forget about our plans for tomorrow. Our plans for today include falling into the world’s hottest furnace for an instant. Or less.


OpenID helenwheels-ut said...

I once asked my husband how we would know if it had blown - we live in northern Utah and I was actually wondering if we'd feel it where we were. He said that the first clue would probably be the elk landing in the back yard.

When it goes, it's going to go big.

December 31, 2009 12:34 AM  
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