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    New England is sitting on a bed of hot rocks

    For the past 200 million years New England has been a place without intense geologic change. With few exceptions, there have been no rumbling volcanoes or major earthquakes. But it might be on the verge of awakening.

    Findings published this January in Geology show a bubble of hot rock rising underneath the northern Appalachian Mountains. The feature was first detected in 2016 by EarthScope, a collection of thousands of seismic instruments sprinkled throughout the U.S. Vadim Levin, a geophysicist at Rutgers University, says this wealth of sensors lets earth scientists peer under the North American continent, just as the Hubble Space Telescope has enabled astronomers to gaze deep into the night sky. Should the broiling rock breach the surface — which could happen, though not until tens of millions of years from now — it would transform New England into a burbling volcanic landscape.

    The finding has sparked many questions, given that New England is not located along an active plate margin (where one tectonic plate rubs against another) but sits squarely in the middle of the North American plate. The exact source of the hot rock bubble, for example, is unclear. Because the edge of the North American continent is colder than a plate near an active margin, Levin suspects this edge is cooling the mantle — the layer just below the crust that extends toward the earth's core. As cold chunks of mantle sink, they may displace hotter segments, which would rise toward the surface.

    “We know little about the interior of our planet, and every time we look with a new light ... we find things we did not expect,” Levin says. “When we do, we need to rethink our understanding of how the planet functions.”

    https://www.salon.com/2018/04/09/new...rocks_partner/
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    Ancient rifts are around that could come to life. The New Madrid fault is an example. Biggest earthquake in the lower 48 in recent geological history no where near any tectonic plate.

    The potential disaster that scares me the most is the super volcano under Yellowstone. The timing is about right for a another explosion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EnigmaO01 View Post
    Ancient rifts are around that could come to life. The New Madrid fault is an example. Biggest earthquake in the lower 48 in recent geological history no where near any tectonic plate.

    The potential disaster that scares me the most is the super volcano under Yellowstone. The timing is about right for a another explosion.
    Me too. My in laws are from Germany and they went to Yellowstone last year. My mother in law told her husband, "when you see the animals run, we run too." We all got a kick out of that. We were like "where do you think you would go" or "can you outrun a volcano?" lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by bajisima View Post
    Me too. My in laws are from Germany and they went to Yellowstone last year. My mother in law told her husband, "when you see the animals run, we run too." We all got a kick out of that. We were like "where do you think you would go" or "can you outrun a volcano?" lol
    Yeah not outrunning a volcano that can send out a superheated cloud of ash along the ground at speeds of 500 mph.

    So let me get this straight: After I've considered moving back to New England you once told us that it was becoming more republican and now there is a potential catastrophe at hand?

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    Quote Originally Posted by EnigmaO01 View Post
    Ancient rifts are around that could come to life. The New Madrid fault is an example. Biggest earthquake in the lower 48 in recent geological history no where near any tectonic plate.

    The potential disaster that scares me the most is the super volcano under Yellowstone. The timing is about right for a another explosion.
    I wouldn't lose any sleep over the Yellowstone Caldera if I were you. I live a LOT closer to it than you do, and I certainly do lay awake at night fretting about it. The geologists say there is about a one-in-a-7500 chance of the caldera erupting in this CENTURY, which means about a bit more than a one in a million chance it might go off this year. There are a LOT of potential catastrophes FAR more likely to happen than that. Another Carrington Event a la what happened to us in 1859, which would be DEVASTATING today. Worry about that. Worry about a smallish half-mile asteroid hitting in the ocean and triggering tsunamis that would destroy all the cities on the Atlantic coast of both North America and Europe. Worry about a Great Plague. We're almost BEGGING for one. Worry about some terrorist group getting a hold of some nuclear warhead and setting it off in some major city.

    About a year ago, I got into a LONG and utterly STUPID argument with Spookycolt on this exact same issue. I hope I don't have to go through this all again. I know you're a HELLUVA lot smarter than Spookycolt.

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    Somebody will find a way to tap the "hot rock bubble," run water through it, then open an expensive spa that offers "primeval hot rock therapy."

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigLeRoy View Post
    I wouldn't lose any sleep over the Yellowstone Caldera if I were you. I live a LOT closer to it than you do, and I certainly do lay awake at night fretting about it. The geologists say there is about a one-in-a-7500 chance of the caldera erupting in this CENTURY, which means about a bit more than a one in a million chance it might go off this year. There are a LOT of potential catastrophes FAR more likely to happen than that. Another Carrington Event a la what happened to us in 1859, which would be DEVASTATING today. Worry about that. Worry about a smallish half-mile asteroid hitting in the ocean and triggering tsunamis that would destroy all the cities on the Atlantic coast of both North America and Europe. Worry about a Great Plague. We're almost BEGGING for one. Worry about some terrorist group getting a hold of some nuclear warhead and setting it off in some major city.

    About a year ago, I got into a LONG and utterly STUPID argument with Spookycolt on this exact same issue. I hope I don't have to go through this all again. I know you're a HELLUVA lot smarter than Spookycolt.
    Well yeah my dog is smarter than Spookycolt and doesn't lie all the time either.

    I was under the impression that the caldera under Yellowstone erupts every 650,000 years and it's been over 650,000 years. Was I wrong?
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    I guess the Appalachians are ridges with hot earth below. I was thinking Iceland, but that is really far away.



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    New England is sitting on a bed of hot rocks
    What's it going to take for New England to get its rocks off?

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