Yellowstone supervolcano could erupt much sooner than predicted, study reveals

Published: Thursday, October 12, 2017 @ 6:48 PM

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YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, WY - MAY 2016: The pools steam and bubble, reminding you that this volcano is well overdue an eruption, taken in May 2016, in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, United States.

WITNESSING the beautiful spectrum of colours in Yellowstone National Park springs, you could almost forget youre standing on a supervolcano way past its eruption due date. The extraterrestrial-looking mineral-rich pools are caused by bacteria and thermophiles growing around the edges, creating the striking colours. The heat from three super eruptions thousands of years ago still powers the parks geysers, hot springs, fumaroles and mud pots, indicating how frighteningly active this volcano is directly under visitors feet.

PHOTOGRAPH BY Russell Pearson / Barcroft Images 

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*** EXCLUSIVE *** YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, WY - MAY 2016: The pools steam and bubble, reminding you that this volcano is well overdue an eruption, taken in May 2016, in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, United States. WITNESSING the beautiful spectrum of colours in Yellowstone National Park springs, you could almost forget youre standing on a supervolcano way past its eruption due date. The extraterrestrial-looking mineral-rich pools are caused by bacteria and thermophiles growing around the edges, creating the striking colours. The heat from three super eruptions thousands of years ago still powers the parks geysers, hot springs, fumaroles and mud pots, indicating how frighteningly active this volcano is directly under visitors feet. PHOTOGRAPH BY Russell Pearson / Barcroft Images London-T:+44 207 033 1031 E:hello@barcroftmedia.com - New York-T:+1 212 796 2458 E:hello@barcroftusa.com - New Delhi-T:+91 11 4053 2429 E:hello@barcroftindia.com www.barcroftmedia.com (Photo credit should read Russell Pearson /Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)

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