Another Huge Magma Reservoir Discovered Under Yellowstone

April 26, 2015 10:08 AM

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Researchers at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City have discovered another huge reservoir of magma under the Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, in addition to the chamber that was already known about (that is 60 km long, 29 km wide, and 5 to 12 km deep). According to experts, the magma present in the two areas would be enough to fill the Grand Canyon more than 11 times. For those who wonder, the Grand Canyon has a volume estimated at 1000 cubic miles. This means that the newly discovered magma deposits contain four times more material than the initial estimations, according to Jamie Farrell, a postdoctoral researcher and one of the authors of the study that appeared in the journal Science on Saturday.

According to the first author of the study, researcher in geology and geophysics Hsin-Hua Huang, the discovery enables scientists to finally understand the complex structure beneath the Yellowstone. The newly found reservoir is located under the chamber whose existence had been discovered a long tim...

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