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  1. 09 Jan '14 21:00
    I dind't know they existed.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/09/supervolcanoes-yellowstone-bill-mcguire
  2. 09 Jan '14 21:14
    Originally posted by Tabitha Marshall
    I dind't know they existed.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/09/supervolcanoes-yellowstone-bill-mcguire
    P.S. The comments are worth a browse, very funny.
  3. 09 Jan '14 21:48
    Yes, the Earth has all manner of exciting ways to kill you...

    However there is a bigger kind of eruption that Earth does that's even
    more spectacularly devastating.

    They are called Basalt Floods... One of them created 1/3 of India.

    You might of heard of the eruption, the Decan Traps... Credited as
    a possible candidate for wiping out the dinosaurs...

    They tend to happen (although not always) at continental break ups...

    Coincidentally Africa is currently splitting in two...


    Basalt flood eruptions can last for tens of thousands of years and spew out
    hundreds of thousands to millions of cubic KM of lava.

    Of course the solar system has even more awesome volcanism on offer.


    Occasionally Venus is known to completely recover it's entire surface with a fresh
    layer of molten lava. [Venus being only a few percent smaller than the Earth]
  4. 11 Jan '14 18:53
    The BBC made a not-too-bad movie about a possible Yellowstone eruption some years ago. I'm not sure how scientifically correct most of it is and there are some boring parts but some of the visuals are pretty impressive.

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4AjQvOWUJ2o

    Is it weird that a part of me hopes that this eruption will happen in my lifetime?
  5. 11 Jan '14 23:20
    Originally posted by Great King Rat
    The BBC made a not-too-bad movie about a possible Yellowstone eruption some years ago. I'm not sure how scientifically correct most of it is and there are some boring parts but some of the visuals are pretty impressive.

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4AjQvOWUJ2o

    Is it weird that a part of me hopes that this eruption will happen in my lifetime?
    It's a bit like the feeling you get standing near a high cliff that tells you
    to just step off into space.

    It's why documentaries on disasters are so popular.

    There is this tiny little voice in the back of your head that wants to see
    disasters and chaos... Plus we can daydream, about how if only we were
    there we could save everyone and sort it all out.

    I get it with all the global warming stuff... There is this little voice [I repeatedly
    stamp on] that wants to see huge warming with the ice caps melting just to
    see all the chaos... and also to say "I told you so" to all the people who
    deny global warming today.


    I think that that is perfectly normal...


    The problems come when people start listening to the little voice...


    Never listen to the little voice.
  6. 12 Jan '14 00:05
    Originally posted by googlefudge
    It's a bit like the feeling you get standing near a high cliff that tells you
    to just step off into space.

    It's why documentaries on disasters are so popular.

    There is this tiny little voice in the back of your head that wants to see
    disasters and chaos... Plus we can daydream, about how if only we were
    there we could save everyone and sort i ...[text shortened]... s come when people start listening to the little voice...


    Never listen to the little voice.
    I like what you say. That little voice (if I understand correctly) can be very vulgar at times, driven mainly by sensations. This must have something to do with the chemistry in our bodies. Yet another reason for me to despise any reference to god and creation, and what have you.
  7. 12 Jan '14 13:02
    Originally posted by googlefudge
    It's a bit like the feeling you get standing near a high cliff that tells you
    to just step off into space.

    It's why documentaries on disasters are so popular.

    There is this tiny little voice in the back of your head that wants to see
    disasters and chaos... Plus we can daydream, about how if only we were
    there we could save everyone and sort i ...[text shortened]... s come when people start listening to the little voice...


    Never listen to the little voice.
    Yes, I agree with this. I think it's also the reason why we make and watch horror films and write books about horrendous situations. We wish to come face to face with all the possible ways in which we can die. Maybe because we feel if we know/experience it, we might be able to defeat it.

    Something like a supervolcano is also more humbling than anything we humans can come up with. We may think we're all that, but if earth has a violent sneeze we all die and new lifeforms emerge.