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What is happening with the Yellowstone supervolcano?

Sun, 15th Jun 2008

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Question

Dave, Peterborough asked:

Can you just give us a quick update on the situation with Yellowstone? Whatís happening there?

Answer

Yellowstone is a huge system and between eruptions which generally happen every six hundred thousand years or so itís not a dead system. Instead the magma chamber is inflating. Indeed, we can see that now at Yellowstone Ė a very slow rate of deformation - but itís certainly inflating, preparing for its next eruption which probably wonít happen in our lifetime.

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