Challis ID at it again + Roads Melting

2.7 quake at Challis, Idaho

Hot spot: Yellowstone road melts, closing sites

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The ever-changing geology of Yellowstone National Park has melted an asphalt road, blocking access to several popular geysers and other thermal features at the height of tourist season.

Park officials said Thursday they’re evaluating how to address the problem. . . . (more)



23 thoughts on “Challis ID at it again + Roads Melting

  1. I’ve finally figured out how to post on the Yellowstone page. The reply symbol on my smartphone looks like a small black comic strip caption symbol that is almost undistinguishable from the black background.
    You can tell this is a PR stunt to calm the public.  People need to watch for this type of misdirection.  In the center of the article Smith and his students imaged the magma pool to be 2.5 times larger than originally imaged.  Then at the end of the article Smith says that the magma pool ISN’T expanding.  They know that a person is more likely to remember the last information read in an article.  So they just tweak the final statements a little from original paragraph in the center of the article to give the reader a good feeling about the situation.  Nothing to see here, move along.

    Super Volcano is Bigger – KULR-8 Television, Billings, MT
    Excerpt: …Dr. Robert Smith of the University of Utah, said, “Anytime you come to Yellowstone you have to drive uphill. And the reason is this giant plume of magma…just lifts the surface up.”…They found that the magma is, “2.5 times larger than we had originally imaged.” …Smith said the magma pool is not getting bigger.

    • That’s a good point!
      I had to make a separate YS blog so I could get those links to siesmos etc. all organized on the sidebar.
      Glad I did.

      • On my smartphone, all information on the right & left margins is pushed below the sinkhole news.

      • ugh … many have said same thing.
        This format I chose because WordPress said it was designed for ‘mobile devices’.
        It takes all day to switch formats and I did it 3 times to make it appear well on phones.
        Wordpress just lied about their theme being good for phones.
        I can’t change it again… did it 3 times …. 3 days of he11.
        Sorry ….
        some links are in text at the very bottom of the right sidebar.

      • Flyingcuttlefish, I don’t mind at all. No big deal to flick screen up with my thumb. I’m not that lazy. My screen would be too crowded if I had additional info. on either side, anyway.

      • OT/ but this is a pretty darn good preview (use HD setting) …. on a full screen, not a phone… 🙂

      • Dutch says that spot is the edge of the Craton Plate that is shifting to the east …

  2. Yellowstone WILL blow one day, that’s guaranteed, hopefully later, rather than sooner…

    Though IF anybody gets reports of Woody Harrelson hanging around Yellowstone Park in a weird costume and quoting conspiracy theories… Let me know, because that’s when I’ll get really worried 😉

  3. So we finally meet our maker and the first question he asks is: Why did you spend so much of the time I gave you worrying about how much time I gave you rather than enjoying what I did give you?

    • Well WRas, because people need to know where harsh events will and are occurring so that they can avoid the problems to live a more enjoyable, longer life.

      • It’s the “will” that is the issue. Perhaps the following may shed some light on what is the rationale behind my post:
        Is fear contagious? –
        Impact of Stress –
        Statistics –
        From my life, as a child (8) I almost died after being hit by a car in a pedestrian crossing (more likely than being killed/injured via a natural disaster? as I live in Sydney Australia) – on the surface one thinks “bad driver” but reality is very much different – I was running down a ramp (fencing obscured drivers view) from a train station and onto the pedestrian crossing. I was told many years later, the driver died within a year as he could not get over hitting a child (stressed out by a situation while unpleasant was almost unavoidable by him – obviously not a “The Secret”/”Law of Attraction” follower or he would not have been there)! The impact on me, I lost a kidney and went from extrovert to introvert.
        I understand your point in this situation – it was avoidable if I had paid attention and stopped or at least slowed down. However, just how far do we go to postpone the inevitable and what amount of time (which we can not get back) do we invest in doing so?

  4. Here’s the RT side of the story.
    Yellowstone supervolcano ‘turned the asphalt into soup’ shutting down Natl. Park’s roads — RT USA
    Firehole Lake Drive, a 3-mile-plus offshoot of the park’s Grand Loop that connects the Old Faithful geyser and the Madison Junction, is currently off limits. Park operators say the danger of stepping on seemingly solid soil into severely hot water is “high.”

    “It basically turned the asphalt into soup. It turned the gravel road into oatmeal,” Yellowstone spokesman Dan Hottle said.

    • on YS blog I am going to hope everyone READS COMMENTS for additional material (like this good one) … as I am spread thin here…. blogging.

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