NASA Considers Drilling into YNP Super Volcano; Park Geologists Disagree

A NASA spokesman considers Yellowstone’s super-volcano a global threat, according to a BBC report.

An online BBC article said NASA is studying to see how they can stop the volcano from erupting.

But, a Yellowstone’s geologist said it probably can’t and shouldn’t be done.

Yellowstone’s geysers, hot springs, and fumaroles are the primary reason congress set aside the 2.2 million acre area as the world’s first national park in 1872.

Millions of people come from around the world to see them, every year.
This German family said they’ve come to Yellowstone every year since 2001.

Yellowstone National Park does have the greatest concentration of thermals on earth.

They are part of a system fueled by a huge magma chamber underneath the park. The magma has fueled eruptions for millions of years, the last in Yellowstone about 600,000 years ago.

If it erupts again, scientists believe the super volcano could cause an extended global winter!

Park Geologist Jefferson Hungerford, shared, “It would affect the climate patterns, the weather patterns for potentially years, or so.”
But Yellowstone Park geologist Dr. Hungerford also said chances are, “We won’t see it. Very likely we will never see it.”

Hungerford added there may never be another super eruption from Yellowstone.

We asked if NASA’s idea of drilling holes around the park to release heat, could stop a future eruption.

They responded, “Uh, no. We’re not there scientifically yet.”

And, Hungerford warns:
“Messing with a mass that sits underneath our dynamic Yellowstone would potentially be harmful to life around us. It would potentially be a dangerous thing to play around with.”

Hungerford warns tapping into Yellowstone’s thermal system for cheap energy could end the features here.

“We’ve had experiences elsewhere in the world where people have tried to harness geothermal energy, from a volcanic system in Iceland and other places, which actually shut off hydrothermal geysers or other geothermal features.”

A super eruption in what is now southern Idaho, dropped ash a foot deep a thousand miles away to northeastern Nebraska, and killed animals.

If you want to see them, you should visit the ash fall fossil bed in Nebraska which holds the remains of rhinos, camels, and horses that lived in North America at the time.