Is Snake River Plain’s volcano a bigger threat to America than Yellowstone?

Snake River
April 2016 IDAHO – For those that thought Yellowstone super-volcano was one of the biggest natural threats to the USA, think again. Eruptions at Snake River Plain in Idaho were “significantly larger” than geologists had previously thought. Scientists from the University of Leicester discovered there were a staggering 12 massive eruptions over the course of four million years, beginning 12 million years ago.
The massive eruptions helped to form the 100 kilometer-wide Snake River Basin, with one of the most powerful eruptions occurring 8.1 million years ago. The eruption’s volume exceeded 1,900 km3 and created a 1.3km thick caldera. Furthermore, the Snake River Plain is situated on the Yellowstone Hotspot track, a region which spans from Nevada, through Oregon and Idaho and then to Wyoming where Yellowstone Volcano is located.
Dr Tom Knott from the University of Leicester, said: “While it is well-know that Yellowstone has erupted catastrophically in recent times perhaps less widely appreciated is that these were just the latest in a protracted history of numerous catastrophic super-eruptions that have burned a track along the Snake River eastwards from Oregon to Yellowstone from 16 Ma to present.
“The size and magnitude of this newly defined eruption is as large, if not larger, than better known eruptions at Yellowstone, and it is just the first in an emerging record of newly discovered super-eruptions during a period of intense magmatic activity between eight and 12 million years ago.” –Express
Several volcanic rift zones traverse the Snake River Plain. Volcanic rift zones are weak areas where the earth’s crust has been stretched and thinned and fissures have developed. Magma under pressure follows these fissures to the surface.
The most extensive system of fissures on the Snake River Plain is called the Great Rift, which passes through Craters of the Moon. This volcanic rift zone is 60 miles long and from 1.5 to five miles wide. At Craters of the Moon it is characterized by short surface cracks, more than 25 cinder cones, and is the point of origin of over 60 lava flows. Geologists believe that the formation of the Great Rift is related to Basin and Range type faulting.
Eruptions at Craters of the Moon
Most of the lava flows exposed at Craters of the Moon erupted between 2,000 and 15,000 years ago. These flows were deposited during eight eruptive periods, each separated by periods of relative calm. This cycle of eruptions interspersed with periods of calm is associated with the buildup of pressure as magma accumulates beneath the surface. Strain increases until the resistance of the earth’s crust is overcome, magma rises to the surface, and an eruption takes place. As soon as the magmatic pressure dissipates, the eruption ceases until the pressure can build once more.
What Does the Future Hold?
If what geologists tell us proves to be true, it is likely that there will be another eruption at Craters of the Moon. By studying the flows that make up the Craters of the Moon lava field, geologists have been able to determine an eruptive pattern that indicates the area is merely in a stage of dormancy. They believe that past eruptions conform to a predictable time schedule and that the eruptive cycle will begin again within the next 1,000 years. –NPS

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9 Responses to Is Snake River Plain’s volcano a bigger threat to America than Yellowstone?

  1. nickk0 says:

    Amazing, that as much as we *think* we already know about Earth’s geologic history…. There is more being discovered. “The size and magnitude of this newly defined eruption is as large, if not larger, than better known eruptions at Yellowstone”. That’s pretty big,
    It leaves one to wonder….. What OTHER large eruptive histories, have yet to be uncovered.


    • Eileen Kuch says:

      Exactly, Nick. This latest discovery – the Snake River Plains volcano does leave one to wonder .. What OTHER large eruptive histories have yet to be discovered.

      The author of the above article is right on target, and I assume he’s a geologist and volcanologist, to write a descriptive piece such as this. It’s a frightening thought, indeed.


  2. Manofsteel says:

    Something is certainly amiss as we see the destruction of Europe and America with Immigrants and no work for the population. Whatever it is the upper crust of humanity has been slipping out of Dodge for some time now. I don’t think we can prepare for ‘It’ because whatever is coming is going to be a long duration event. This is obvious by the preparation the rich are making to avoid being caught in it. I can’t say knowing about this is better than what the people I know are going through which is nothing as they have no idea the creep with the scythe is among us.

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  3. niebo says:

    Ok Ok dudes, I gotta confess that I am fully with Nickko on this matter, and the fact that I have been diaphragm-deep in my bong (blurble-blurble-blurble) is NO reflexion whatsoever on Nickko, cuz he a good kid and I am so irreparabababably damageded by yearsss and yearsss of drug usagings, but all this geologistical stuff is getting out of hand, right? Every time I cl*ck on EP I learn ANOTHER reason to NOT TRUST ANYSTUFF I learnt in my textboox and classroomeds growing up, and I have just about reached MY WITIT’S END! If we can’t trust the Harper-Trace-Jovanovich Geolographical texterbooks, WHO can we turst? REALLY!! I SWEAR i am THIS close to SETTING MYSELF ON FIRE just to PROVE THE POINT that I don’t know nothin except how to be made of carbon, oxygen, and other flammable thingx!

    Well, now that I typeded that, I gotta confess that I DO know that all that ain’t all that. I know that Jesus loves me. He may think I’m an idiot but he loves me. Not because the Bible says so, necessarily (since I don’t read so guud), but because I know that the serpent was WISE and Eve was INNOCENT; and it don’t take a genius to see how that we was outmatched and out gunned, yeah? I know my Mama makes good sausage lasagna like any good Polish/Italian should, and my cat thinks that I hung the moon/created carpet/built the pyramids/discovered crablegs/sardines/tunafish/mackerel/canned ham/chili/beef stew/chicken dumplings/popcorn —- STOOPID CAT!!!! All I figgered out was a can-opener, cuz I got DISPOSABLE thumbs —– and here I AM, stoopid human, thinking all this time that YELLERSTONE was the end of the world . . . and, ALVIN, you and ME got some rocks to throw, buddy!!!! THANKS a LOT for topsy-turving the truth as I know it! I – I – I – I don’t know what but when I do, we gotta lot of whatchamacallit to ramenfratchet, cuz, UNTIL you put your two cents in today, the only thing scary to come out of IDAHO was spud potatoes!! Thanks a lot, ya jerk!

    Blurble-blurble-blurble. Blurble.

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    • Dennis E. says:

      Niebo: Dennis E. Here: No sweat, no fret. Everything is being shaken. purpose is to set up man kind for deception….


    • Yellow Bird says:

      Niebo, as usual, you express Wisdom beyond mere words! quite honestly, i feel just about ready to join in the blurblings… there are worse things

      For that matter, there are worse things than mere death! THE CREATOR STANDS AT THE GATE…”and I AM THAT IS, knoweth MY own little sheep, and they knoweth ME, and I QUIETLY CALL TO THEM WHEREVER THEY ARE, AND THEY DO HEAR MY VOICE”
      Timing is for our Lord to decide, but one day, we shall all greet one another in HIS Presence beyond the Veil-
      and as the Veil now grows paper-thin… WHAT HOPE!

      but apart from HIM Who Holds The Worlds… all is – and are – Lost
      this pain is too much, too much to bear, the mind shuts it out and rewrites Reality into a myth, and myths into reality

      But- Praises to HIM for being GREATER than our weak human minds! HE will sort all our messes, in HIS own Way, in HIS perfect & complete Time 🙂


    • Stoner says:

      Wow…do find that people at parties avoid talking to you? Need a reason…see above.


  4. Dennis E. says:

    If it blows, what difference does it make? Hmm – too many Hillary Clinton soundbites…


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