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The Yellowstone Supervolcano

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The Yellowstone Supervolcano By Daniel Goode What is the Present Volcanic Activity in the Region? There are often large amounts of volcanic activity surrounding the Yellowstone Supervolcano; in the month of September 2010, 52 earthquakes were recorded, the greatest reaching a magnitude of 2.4. Small earthquakes are common in the Yellowstone region. Starting in 2004, there has been a period of accelerated uplift of the Yellowstone caldera, however this has now decreased. ...read more.


There are also several environmental factors to take into account; probably the most prominent would be the global decrease in temperature, which would in some places drop by 12oC and would last for up to ten years. More hazards and dangers caused by the eruption include mudslides (lahars) and the contamination of water supplies. These things would mean that producing food and clean drinking water would be very difficult as water would be contaminated and farms would be covered in ash. ...read more.


How is Volcanic Activity in the Area Being Monitored? The volcanic activity in the area is mainly being monitored by the YVO (Yellowstone Volcano Observatory) which is partnered the USGS (US Geological Survey). They have been carefully monitoring the volcanic situation in Yellowstone for years and produce monthly reports on the amounts of earthquakes that have occurred in the area, along with any other volcanic or related activity. The University of Utah aids in the process of predicting and analyzing volcanic activity in the region through the use of modern technology. By Daniel Goode 10LJ 12/10/10 ...read more.

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