As one of the most prominent pieces of nature, the Yellowstone Super Volcano is, for many, a catastrophe waiting to happen. Should it ever blow its top, we could be in for a transformative change to the entire world.
The sheer change that it would produce would be incredible, and it would be a world-altering issue. However, the volcano itself is always being explored and investigated further. A new thermal area has just been found through these discoveries – and the thermal area appears to be relatively new, at around 20-years old.
The Yellowstone Volcano Observatory keep a close eye on the volcano. They found a new pocket of warmth that has been found near the West Tern Lake and the Tern Lake thermal area. This was found using infrared imagery and was picked up on images taken from April 2017.
Comparing the Vegetation Over Time
By checking other imagery, they found a series of dead trees and brightly lit soil on high-resolution programs. They compared that with an image from 1994, which showed a rich, vibrant and happy location: compared with a 2006 image, the damage was already starting. 11-years on, the whole area that was once so lush and vibrant is burnt out.
Therefore, the belief is that the new thermal area formed sometime in the late 1990s or the early 2000s. Most of the location where it has popped up is not heavily explored. Therefore, it’s probably likely to be one of the new thermal areas appearing in more rural locations.
With around 10000 thermal features found across around 120 thermal areas, then, this is not the only thermal area which is found in a hard to reach location.
If you wish to check out this thermal area, then you can head on over to 44.6635 N latitude and 110.278 W longitude. This would help you to see the new thermal area found on major mapping tools such as Google Maps.
Indeed, this is a period of regular discovery about the Yellowstone Super Volcano. In 2018, it was found that it was a record-breaking year for the tallest active geyser in the world. Eruptions took place a whopping 32 times, breaking the 29-time record set in 1964.
This is quite an interesting time for those who feel passionate about this particular piece of land. In time, who knows what else we might find out about this incredible piece of nature?
Let’s hope we find out everything we can about it before the day arrives where it finally goes pop!