Supervolcano Under Yellowstone is Bigger Than Previously Thought

Monday, December 16, 2013

Cliff Geyser along Iron Creek in the Black Sand Basin is seen October 8, 2012 in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. (KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty)

Yellowstone National Park is made up of 2.2 million acres of living, breathing Earth. And a new study indicates that the supervolcano we’ve long known about beneath Yellowstone is far larger than scientists previously believed.

Not 20 percent larger, or 50 percent larger, but a full two and a half times bigger than earlier estimates suggested.

David Ferguson is a postdoctoral research scientist at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. He joins The Takeaway to explain what these findings mean.


David Ferguson

Produced by:

Ellen Frankman


T.J. Raphael

Comments [1]

Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

I wonder if David Ferguson knows of the Victorian novel and movie adaptations of "She" by H. Rider Haggard. In the story, there is a civilization which lives underground in a volcano.
By the way, the book has been one of the most read books of all time!

Great read and movie watching during for the cold months.

Perhaps Mr. Ferguson needs to go below the surface of Yellowstone where he can meet a Queen like of Ursula Andress in the 1965 version of the Hammer film.

Dec. 16 2013 11:32 AM

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