The Yellowstone super volcano is gradually moving. Despite the fact that it is common knowledge among volcanologists, ordinary citizens do not know that the world’s most famous super volcano will disappear where it is now, and the new one will appear elsewhere.
Far below Wyoming, Idaho and Montana, there is an ascending streak of overheated mantle material. It rises in the bark, heats it, largely melts and helps generate huge magmatic chambers that exist under the Yellowstone National Park.
Approximately every 660,000-800,000 years, it completely empties to the surface in an exciting manifestation of earthly eruptions. This so-called “hot spot” is incomprehensibly ancient, very similar to the one that is located near Hawaii. It originated about 140 million years, and since then, it has melted parts of the Pacific plate. However, all the tectonic plates move – but the mantle plumes remain in place.
Right now, the magma loop is centered on the Kilauea volcano, but for the next 10,000 to 100,000 years it will move to the underwater volcano of Lo’iha, which, as a result of a powerful eruption, forms a new island or even a group of islands.
The same applies to the hot point of Yellowstone. The North American plate moved south-west for millions of years; recent studies have identified at least 12 different remains of huge, powerful over-eruptions that occurred long before the Yellowstone caldera ever began to explode. Despite being one of the youngest volcanic zones on the planet, it undoubtedly produced its share of record eruptions, including one particularly energetic explosion in the Cassia hills, 8.1 million years ago.
The tectonic plate is still moving, which means that the Yellowstone National Park will one day be left without a super volcano. Although the movement of the plate will change with time, it is now spreading “towards” the Pacific at a rate of 2.3 centimeters per year.
Assuming that the mantle train still exists, the access point is likely to be under Miles in Montana in about 6.1 million years and eventually it will appear in North Dakota, Saskatchewan or Manitoba.