(My most recent blog post at http://yellowstonedreaming.blogspot.com
Let's get a few things out of the way before we discuss the caldera
Yellowstone is not in Arizona, California, Colorado, or Detroit. Still
not sure where it is? Like my mother used to say, you'll never learn
unless you look it up yourself. May I suggest wikipedia.org
for the geographically
No, I won't be running the park. Bless the gentleman who thought that
would be my job description. Yellowstone is slightly bigger than a KOA
campground which I could run if I was remotely interested. I might
consider running Yellowstone next year when I get the hang of it.
Mt. Rushmore is not in Yellowstone. Need I say more?
Now that we have that out of the way, let's get to the caldera/volcano
topic. Kudos to all of you who watch the science channel and have
warned me about it. Yes, Yellowstone sits on top of one of the largest
super volcanoes in the world. The last time it erupted about 600,000
years ago, it pretty much wiped out a lot of North America. It left a
caldera that encompasses most of Yellowstone. You probably don't care
since none of your relatives were living in the area then, but it
probably disturbed some critters. Some scientists say that we are
overdue for the big one by about 40,000 years, give or take a few
Here's the deal about a caldera. Imagine dropping a bowling ball off
your deck. You probably do this every weekend. It leaves a depression,
right? A caldera is the depression made when all of that hot, bubbling
magma blows sky high out of the ground and drops in your back yard.
I'm not doing the process justice, but if you want the scientific
description, go to solcomhouse.com/yellowstone.htm
and have your pants scared off. If you want the unscientific version,
you can watch the new movie, 2012. You get to see the whole thing blow
and learn how you can outrun the devastation.
Living on top of a super volcano for six months doesn't bother me
because...if it really does erupt and destroy North America, I want to
be at ground zero. I am not a survivalist. I'm not living in my
basement, gnawing on beef jerky or my cat, defending my property from my
neighbors, while waiting for the acid rain to fall. Let's get it over
with. Poof! Actually, it's sort of the baby boomer retirement plan
since none of us have any savings left.
I've faced danger before when it comes to my choice of living
environment. Perhaps you've heard of the 1974 tornado in Xenia, Ohio.
Check it out on ohiohistory.org
(type in Xenia tornado). That killer tornado killed 32 people and
destroyed over 300 homes. Ta da! That's where I live now. It's not
uncommon around here to see parts of the Emerald City and a few
munchkins flying overhead during storm season. When we lived in Palm
Desert, California, the San Andreas fault was in our back yard. So why
not live over a super volcano?
So, yes, I know that Yellowstone
is on top of a volcano. I know that it could blow while I'm there. I
also know that a piece of the space shuttle could fall on my house. All
things considered, I think I'd rather take my chances at the Park. The
countdown continues and all is well.