"The Yellowstone hotspot has had a much bigger effect over a larger area with more energy than ever expected," says University of Utah geophysics Professor Robert B. Smith, who led the study, which was scheduled for publication Friday, March 2, 2007, in the Journal of Geophysical Research – Solid Earth.
"We’re seeing large-scale deformation of the Earth’s crust in the western United States because of the effects of the Yellowstone hotspot," says Christine Puskas, a University of Utah geophysics doctoral student and the study’s first author.
The study was conducted by Puskas, Smith, University of Utah postdoctoral fellow Wu-Lung Chang and former Utah researcher Chuck Meertens, now at UNAVCO, a consortium that studies deformation of Earth’s crust. Measurements also were made by the National Park Service, U.S. Geological Survey, Idaho National Laboratory, Brigham Young University, MIT and the National Geodetic Survey. Smith estimated the participants spent about $2.3 million for the 17 years of measurements.
Old Faithful isn't very faithful any more. An overdue mega-volcano is flexing it's muscles and will make Toba seem puny.
From the Daily Grail
* I named the thread this so future news about other volcanoes could be posted here, if you like.