A geologist at the University of Illinois has suggested that the source of volcanic activity from Yellowstone could be found off the west coast of the United States.
Dr. Lijun Lium, Associate Professor at the Department of Geology, Used Supercomputer 3D Modeling
The proposed hypothesis radically changes the way scientists explain Yellowstone's tanking and formation processes.
Julie Angel, Associate Professor of Earth Sciences at Parkland Staärkel Planetarium, said: "Instead of the well-known hypothesis of this material coming out of the mantle, he suggests that it is the subduction of the ocean plate, the Nazca plate in front of the West Coast of North America below the North American plate, which causes the material to be thrown closer to the surface
"He suggests that this is the heat source, and that is the source of this molten material for the Yellowstone volcano, not the Depth of the earth;
"That was the big snack."
Professor Angel said there is good potential in the Yellowstone hypothesis.
The commonly accepted theory is the Yellowstone camera that was formed millions of years ago in modern-day modern-day USA
A massive eruption of magma toward the Earth's surface about 630,000 years ago pushed the earth's crust up into the mold, that we see today.
Bob Smith, a seismologist at the University of Utah, explained, "This crust The magma's body is a small dimple that creates lift."
"It's like placing a finger under a rubber membrane Press up and stretch the sides. "
The resulting caldera or volcanic depression measures about 34 by 45 miles (55 to 72 km).
But Dr. Liu's new research has challenged this version of events, and Professor Angel thinks there's potential in it.
The expert said, "With more research, with more people taking a look at this process, with more data being collected about this three-dimensional technology, I believe it has one could be a competing hypothesis for Yellowstone.
The news comes after a team of scientists at the University of Oregon have found evidence suggesting the presence of a new magma body under the Yellowstone super volcano.
The research used powerful computer modeling to prove that a half-crust layer of hardened enamel separates two magma chambers.
Ilya Bindeman, a professor at the Department of Earth Sciences, co "The modeling results are consistent with observations made by sending seismic waves through the area
"This work seems to confirm the initial assumptions and gives us more information about the magma locations of Yellowstone."