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Old 05-30-2014, 01:27 PM   #26
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And where will the food come from? Mt. St. Helen's eruption destroyed a summer in Central Canada. That was puny compared to what Yellowstone would put out. I'm sure temps would dive for several seasons, unless the ash from Yellowstone is heavier, and droppedoutof the atmosphere sooner. Taking a good part of North America out of food production would be problematic.
Presuming another eruption like the two largest earlier blows there might not be a significant agricultural harvest anywhere in the Northern hemisphere for two to three years. What sort of cascade failures would result from that?

Fortunately Yellowstone is not showing any credible signs of an eruption for the foreseeable future. And if it did erupt chances are it would be only a minor one. Indeed in the 640,000 years since its last major eruption it has had something like eighty minor ones. Even there it has been on the order of 70,000 years since the last one of those. It may well be that Yellowstone has gone very dormant.

Which is not to say we cannot get a super-eruption somewhere on the planet. There is one in South America that has uplifted many METERS.
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Old 05-31-2014, 12:30 PM   #27
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I just finished reading Harry Turtledove's book Supervolcano Eruption where the Yellowstone Caldera cuts loose.

Not your average entertainment TEOTWAWKI book along the lines of Ahern or Johnstone where there is some superhero fighting along the way.

It was a look at several average people trying to survive a scenario which seems plausible to me.

It follows 3-4 people. One who was near the caldera when it released and made it back home. Another who was in Los Angeles and feeling the effect. Another, even farther away in the north east.

It explores the immediate effects like disruption of trucking impacting food distribution, gasoline shortages because of national pipeline disruption, and the immediate climate effects across the country.

The book stops about 6 months after the effect start. I guess he wrote it thinking there might be a series in it like some of his other books. (Which are excellent BTW especially about the ones where aliens come to Earth at the height of WWII. See the Worldwar series.)

When finished I was thinking, "Where is the entertainment?" Like I said, it wasn't a book like that. It was a very plausable scenario of what would happen.
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I've always been interested in alternate history sci-fi, but have never gotten into Turtledove much, for some reason.

What's a good book or series to start with? I'd like to give him a try.
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I've always been interested in alternate history sci-fi, but have never gotten into Turtledove much, for some reason.

What's a good book or series to start with? I'd like to give him a try.
I would start with the Worldwar series, in order.

But I don't think I have been disappointed in any of his books except the Videossos series but that is more because I am not into fantasy genre.
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I'm going to have to look for the Turtledove book. Sounds like it would be a good read.

I've spent time over the years researching long-term climate affects of the major volcanic eruptions. If Yellowstone were to cut loose in a really big way again we might could survive here in Florida if I had five years lead time to really go all out in getting ready.

The hard part to survive would not be the direct volcanic affects, but the various human cascade failures that would follow, particularly those beyond the first six months.

Fortunately the more I researched the less concerned I became. The Yellowstone Volcano Observatory is online. I've watched several lectures now by Jake Lowenstern, its director.
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If anyone would like to keep track of it.. looks a little active today.
http://www.isthisthingon.org/Yellowstone/daythumbs.php
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Scientists have imaged below Yellowstone and have identified another, larger magma reservoir that lies below the already known magma chamber. They say this discovery doesn't raise the chance of an eruption - that would still depend on the shallow magma chamber, but this could provide the means for an eruption to be more powerful.

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Worldwar series is very original. Especially the first three books
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Worldwar series is very original. Especially the first three books
I enjoyed them. Good fun, and an interesting premise.
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Huge crack opens up east of Yellowstone.

http://billingsgazette.com/news/stat...fcbc68e7e.html
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Come on ! It has been 70.000 years already
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There is a great pseudo-documentary on Netflix called Supervolcano. It's catergorized under "TV Shows * BRITISH TV SHOWS". It's from 2005 and worth watching if you've got a couple of hours to kill.

P.S. Just went on Amazon - looks like there are three Turtledove volcano books out now. All are available used.
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It's also on YouTube - I just checked.
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The BBC Supervolcano "documentary" (note the quotes, please) is definitely worth watching. It's a lot of fun if not particularly accurate.
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Wyoming gets cracks; that crack is probably due to soil saturated with water.
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Wyoming gets cracks; that crack is probably due to soil saturated with water.
I was just with my new post.
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