When you hear the word magma you may think of an active volcano, but it turns out that someplace a little more tranquil is home to a great deal of it. Recently, two chambers of magma were discovered beneath Yellowstone National Park. While the park is known for being a volcanic hotspot, there was no proof that any magma currently rested below the surface until now. But how was this magma discovered and what does it mean for the park? We’re here to provide you with a few more details.
The magma chambers were discovered after scientists imaged areas below the earth’s surface around Yellowstone. Once chamber was discovered 10km below the surface, while another was just found that could be as far below as 50km. Between these two chambers, there are tens of thousands of cubic kilometers of magma in Yellowstone.
While this discovery is exciting, park visitors don’t have anything to worry about. In fact, there hasn’t been a major eruption in Yellowstone for more than half a million years, and the presence of magma doesn’t increase the odds of there being another.
The scope and nature of the magma below Yellowstone is just beginning to be investigated, and it’s another in a long line of great scientific discoveries that have been made in and around the park. We’re always eager to share the latest news and updates coming out of Yellowstone, and we’ll be sure to let you know if there are any additional developments regarding these magma chambers.