New Thermal Areas In Yellowstone As Magma Continues Climbing To Surface

There are no water features at the new hot spot yet, but some steam vents.

The ground is very hot and spongy, and in some areas it is soft enough to sink in and get burned.

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New thermal area forming at Yellowstone National Park. Picture via KPAX

The new thermal area is located very deep in the back-country and it took satellite images over 15 years to spot the signs – heat and carbon dioxide – coming of the area.

According to Yellowstone Volcano Observatory, this is a new thermal area that’s really still developing.

As discovered on the aerial photographs, there is an area where trees and other plants have been killed by high temperatures and chemicals boiling up from underground near Tern Lake.

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An August 2019 aerial photo of the new thermal area forming in the Yellowstone National Park. Picture via KPAX

Three scientists were already on site. Poland recalls: “It was, it was…it was pretty. I felt an excitement, but also kind of a wonder that here we are at this new place that really has not been described, at least by people on the ground.”

And added: “You do have the sense of like, wow, this is new, and you wonder what some of the early explorers or Native Americans must have thought when they saw these places for the first time.”

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The expanding thermal area back in 2017. Picture via KPAX

Researchers say there are no water features at the new hot spot yet, but they noted that there are some steam vents. Also, the ground is very hot and spongy, and in some areas it is soft enough to sink in and get burned. But there are no geysers yet

Another tourist trap. Do you also get this sinking feeling? [KPax]

Original Article:https://strangesounds.org/2019/11/new-thermal-area-yellowstone-national-park.html

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