Yellowstone National Park: Supervolcano In America

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Yellowstone National Park is one of the most visited parks in America located primarily in Wyoming but also spans to other u.s states such as Montana and Idaho it contains a Supervolcano called the Yellowstone caldera which is the largest volcano in north America. Yellowstone national park first became a park when congress signed a law enabling it to be in 1872 this made Yellowstone the first national park in the whole world. Yellowstone national park is well known for its wildlife that exists at the park it features many animals living in its ecosystem such as lions, reindeers and many more other fascinating creatures. What draws people to Yellowstone is its recreational activities that are offered such as fishing, bungee jumping, hiking,…show more content…
Many science organizations have agreed that the probability of another super eruption is a low probability chances are quite slim with estimates being a minimum of 1 in 730,000. Technology has gotten better and scientists are better able to detect a possible eruption before it happens due to the many warnings that would appear. There are some warnings before volcanic eruptions occur such as multiple minor earthquakes, land uplift, gas releases through the many small holes which help relieve pressure. In an article by the NSF which stands for National Science Foundation scientists believe that another eruption wouldn’t occur for another 1-2 million years because based on research of its caldera cluster the volcano is undergoing its dying cycle rather than its ramping up cycle. The foundation states that “by studying the pattern behavior of the cycles and its previous eruptions by examining the rock minerals in the vicinity they’re given better clues to suggest the volcano is on its calm stage”. The last major eruption from the Yellowstone Caldera dropped many inches of ashes into the lands and sulfur up into the atmosphere which caused a volcanic winter. How does all these particles in the air cause a volcanic winter one may ask. Sulfur dioxide in the air reflects sunlight & radiation back into space without this sunlight temperatures decrease and crops are devastated. The last major volcanic eruption to do such a thing was in 1815 the Tambora eruption in an island of Indonesia which decreased worldwide temperature by 4 degrees and killed over 71,000 people during the eruption. In the picture below we get a better understanding of how much ash would fall in the surrounding vicinity measured in terms of

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