Scientists have now been shocked by their latest discovery! They have discovered a huge lake of molten carbon under the western US that has the potential to spell disaster for the entire planet if ever it is released! Below is a map showing where researchers found the molten carbon underground.
Using an array of seismic sensors researchers have mapped a deep Earth area covering 700,000 sq miles (1.8 million sq km) which is roughly the size of the entire nation of Mexico. Researchers say this discovery could change their understanding of how much carbon the Earth contains which is obviously more than they thought.
The study was conducted by geologists at the University of London and headed by Royal Holloway. The molten lake is estimated to be about 217 miles (350 km) beneath the Earth’s surface. This molten carbon will eventually someday make its way to the planet’s surface but scientists assure us it won’t happen anytime soon 🙂
Ah…..that would be as long as the Yellowstone Super Volcano doesn’t blow! That super volcano blew about 640,000 years ago and brought about a nuclear winter and devastation all over the US.
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Seismic activity along California fault lines has increased recently and also in Yellowstone National Park the home of the Yellowstone SUPER volcano. Reports are that in the past few months the famous geysers at the park have been behaving oddly and in just the past week there have been 3 significant earthquakes in the region. A magnitude 3.7 hit the area on June 9. A magnitude 4.3 hit the area on June 13. And today a magnitude 4.0 hit the area. Quakes are common in the Yellowstone region but NOT of these magnitudes. Additionally, some big quakes have also been striking Montana in recent weeks which is highly unusual.
Regarding fault lines in California this past Friday a 5.2 quake hit the region NE of San Diego and it shook across southern California. This quake hit around 1 am NW of Borrego Springs which is in San Diego County, California. This quake was followed by an almost unbelievable 800 aftershocks! Quakes have also been striking in Oregon and out in the ocean waters off the coast as well. Some scientists are warning that a BIG quake is on the way to the tune of maybe a 9.0 magnitude! Such a quake would devastate the west coast.
Returning to Yellowstone…. Yellowstone is a Supervolcano and thousands of years ago it erupted and basically devastated the entire west of America. Should that happen in our time with all of our civilization and infrastructure it would effectively knock many of us back to the Stone Age! Ash spewed into the upper atmosphere would cool the earth for a long time and have long-term global effects for all of humankind. Keep an eye on Yellowstone and the surrounding region. Yellowstone hasn’t blown yet but it sure is letting us know that it is very much alive and well as are the faults in California, Oregon, and the State of Washington. Oh and that reminds me, there have been several quakes lately near the volcanoes in Washington State including around Mt Hood, Mt St Helens, and Mt Rainer.
Researchers in Yellowstone National Park now say that the super volcano is MORE than twice as big as originally thought. The park sits on top of the world’s largest active volcano which is a super volcano. It’s last eruption was about 600K years ago and it devastated the Western US.
Dr Robert Smith of the University of Utah has been studying the volcano and he notes that when you go to Yellowstone you must drive uphill because of the giant plume of magma underneath the ground. It lifts the surface upward. Smith has been studying the super volcano for the past 60 years. He suspects that when it erupts the eruption lasts for many months or even years.
Dr Smith noted that a 4.8 earthquake in the park that damaged the Lake Hotel was the biggest quake in 30 years. He and his team have found that the magma is 2.5 times bigger than originally thought underneath the park. However, he doesn’t think it is going to erupt anytime soon. Hmmm….well he was WRONG about the size of this thing so what are his chances of being wrong about it blowing?