21 November 2015

Big Horn & Yellowstone Activity

It looks like a shadow. But it is not a shadow. "Given the ongoing public fear that the volcano beneath Yellowstone National Park is about to erupt, people might be forgiven for being a little nervous when the landscape nearby splits in half.

The crack in the earth in the shot up above is no new Grand Canyon, but it's still a big one, at almost 2,297 feet long and 148 feet wide. It appears to have opened earlier in October, in the foothills of Wyoming's Bighorn Mountains. Wyoming is home to the lion's share of Yellowstone National Park."

An unstable earth is a dangerous place to be.

“These enormous depressions, which often form extremely rapidly and without any prior warning, appear when the surface layer of soil collapses down into a cavity created by one of several processes. The dissolving of carbonate rocks by acidic rain or subsurface water is one possible mechanism; variations in the flow of water underground may also serve to undermine the sediments supporting the surface layer. It is possible that this chasm was created in much the same way, “ IFL Science reports.

According to a spokesperson for the Wyoming Geological Survey the phenomenon isn’t too uncommon, and pointed to an early, wet spring and summer as potential factors.

So what does Lynn from Psychic Focus see behind this?

Psychic Focus
"When I focus on this area I see a small cave system that is deep into this rock. The cave has some underground streams, and I see water actively moving through these vein-like caves. The caves are very narrow, but in one area (that is close or even directly beneath this area) there is a larger pooling of water underground, like an underground lake where many of this narrow caves lead to and connect. The reference I am showing is that the caves are like veins in the human body, and the "lake" is like the heart of this system.

As the underground "lake" starts to grown, it erodes the land around it and creates an even larger pocket of space beneath the mountain. It eventually reached the point where there was not enough support to hold up the mountain in the area, and the motion I see is similar to how a building would collapse during an implosion except the bottom "floors" or earth look to fall first, and then the upper levels follow the collapse. I am not sure if this is technically how a landslide works (the bottom layers fall first taking the upper layers with it) or if this is a geologic slump action.

I also get this mountain isn't done moving. As the underground "lake" grows, the earth above will continue to fall. I see some time in between the "falling," but when it happens, it will happen fast. The growth of the underground lake looks to happen very slow, but the movement above ground is fast and drastic."

While hunting this past weekend in the Bighorns, we came across an awesome example of how our earth is not as stable as you might think. Awesome forces at work here to move this much dirt!!
Posted by Randy Becker on Monday, 26 October 2015

Read more: 

Roadside Geology of Yellowstone Country (Roadside Geology Series)

Super Volcano: The Ticking Time Bomb Beneath Yellowstone National Park

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