Thursday's Access Utah: Yellowstone's Supervolcano With Scientists Michael Poland And Jamie Farrell
Volcanoes have been much in the news of late, with eruptions in Hawaii, Guatemala, and most recently, in Bali. You may know that Yellowstone National Park sits on a “supervolcano,” 44 miles wide. An eruption of this caldera volcano, as scientists call it, is very unlikely, but potentially catastrophic. We’ll talk about volcanoes in general and the Yellowstone supervolcano specifically today. Our discussion will include the different types of volcanic eruptions and different kinds of dangers; predicting volcanic eruptions and earthquakes; and the latest science of volcanoes and earthquakes. We’ll also talk about Yellowstone geysers and hot springs. Our guests include Michael Poland, Scientist-in Charge at the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory and a Geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey; and Jamie Farrell, Assistant Research Professor in the University of Utah Department of Geology and Geophysics, and Chief Seismologist with the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory.