Yellowstone's supervolcano may erupt sooner than expected

Yellowstone supervolcano

The disaster has a capability to erupt materials as 2500 times more than that from the Mount St. Helens, which is an active composite volcano occurred 1980 at Skamania County in Washington, which had killed 57 people.

Don't believe the hype: Despite the headlines suggesting an impending eruption of the supervolcano under Yellowstone National Park, you're still not very likely to be incinerated by molten lava any time soon. Inside, they tracked the changes that the volcano went through before its eruption.

Tiny crystals left over from underground magma at Yellowstone show the first sign of the last supereruption was a spike in temperature that coincided with the movement of new magma into the reservoir beneath the supervolcano. Until now, geologists had thought it would take centuries for the supervolcano to make that transition.

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Much like reading a set of tree rings, Shamloo and her team were able to record temperature and composition changes by analyzing crystals found beneath the earth's surface.

Scientists working in and around Yellowstone National Park say that the supervolcano sitting under the tourist attraction may blow sooner than thought, an eruption that could wipe out life on the planet.

Dr. Kari Cooper, a geochemist at the University of California, Davis who was not involved in the research, said Shamloo and Till's research offered more insights into the time frames of supereruptions, although she is not yet convinced that scientists can pin down the precise trigger of the last Yellowstone event.

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Geologists say their findings revealed that critical changes in temperatures and composition built up in just a matter of decades.

A study co-author and student from the Arizona State University, Hannah Shamloo stated that, "It's shocking how little time is required to take a volcanic system from being quiet and sitting there to the edge of an eruption".

The eruption could blanket large areas of America in ash - and possibly plunge Earth into a "volcanic winter".

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