Awesome! I wish I had been able to help with the research. I love volcanoes!
So, with 30 years of study, what impact does this have on anything? Seems we
should spend time and money to better use moving forward.
Do the researchers have a map available which would geographically show the
outline and probable center of the volcano? Having worked in the Wah Wah
mountain area it would be of particular interest.
I agree with Coyoteghost, can you link a map? Most interesting.
This is good long term study that will be valuable to mineral and oil research
and exploration for year. It will also help us understand volcanoes and their
impact on both the ancient and modern world. Kudos to the researchers and
students for their persistence.
I'm confused. Is the earth 6,000 years old or at least a few million years
BYUalum:People go to school and study the geography and the geology
of our planet, as well as close to home; what difference does it make if they
spend money and time doing research that is catered to their field of study;
it's cool to know that we have a supervalcano here in Utah. Plus, this
study has gone on for 30 years, so it's a little late to complain about
what they've done and the money that has already been spent; let them enjoy
what they're studying and not be a negative Nancy about it.
Ernest T. Bass:Our planet is 4.54 billion years old, I just Googled
Trollin'...trollin...trollin' on the D.N.....Ernest; You
will get no argument on that front from the LDS. We embrace science and feel
there is no contradiction between science and the gospel as contained in the
Bible and the Book of Mormon. In this we differ from our evangelical
brethren.Who knows what a "day" is to God, a timeless being?
Who knows what process was used to 'create' the plants and animals
within those 'days'? Sure many things that were miracles to the
understanding of men 5000 years ago are explainable by science today. That does
not make them any less miraculous, since God, the Chief Scientist knows all the
rules, and we don't. All we need is faith....and miracles continue today.
Earnest T. Bass. Scriptures tell us the earth was organized by intelligent
design from existing unorganized matter, therefore we do not know how old the
matter was or where it came from. But the organization (creation) work is
tremendous isn't it?
Thid Barker, etc., the volcano was in Utah millions of years ago, not in some
unorganized mass millions of years ago. I think Ernest has a valid question as
to the doctrine of the Church as D&C states that the earth has a temporal
existence of 7000 years. So how does that square with the science that says
there was a volcano in Utah that is millions of years old? See D&C 77.
apm22,I would suggest that "earth" as used in scripture,
does not equate to "earth" as a planet as used in modern times. Take a
look at the wording in Genesis 1 and Genesis 11. If you take the Bible
completely literally, you end up with an "earth" shaped like a hockey
puck! The Biblical peoples' views on geography, the shape of
the earth, the age of the earth, etc., obviously are not the same as modern
scientific view. D&C 77 is Joseph Smith's extrapolation of this
ancient worldview as found in the Book of Revelations. Much of Revelations is
symbolic, so Joseph or any other modern reader must enter that ancient worldview
to understand the symbolism and religious teachings of that work. As far as I
know, the LDS Church takes no stand on the physical age of the earth, Darwinian
evolution, or the creation process of the physical earth other than to say that
God was involved.
When I hear people being adamant that the earth is 13 thousand (7 creation + 6
history) years old, I reply, "For God, what's the hurry?"
Earth Science Review, volume 102 issues 3-4 from October, 2010. There is
identified an explosive eruption in Parana and the Etendeka Traps that produced
8,600 cubic kilometers of material. How is it that Wah Wah's 5,500 cubic
kilometers is now the "largest" known eruption when another explosive
eruption has been identified that ejected even more stuff? Am I missing
something?Just what do they mean by "largest?"
Very large, and very hot now that it cool.
Some of these questions demonstrate very well that going to college and being an
alumnus of a university does not equate to have a good education. Anyone that makes dogmatic declarations in either direction on having anything
to do with the age of the earth and the process of it coming into existence is
setting themselves up to look and feel very foolish at some time when the whole
story becomes available.
Just found the answer, 7,000 years according to section 77
When we speak of the lifetime existence of an individual, do we include the
gestation period as part of the age of the person? No, we do not, and
neither should we include the preparatory period of the earth for human life
(gestation)as part of the age of the earth. We should wait until the earth is
fully born, before we start counting its age. If we do that, 7,000 years
should serve very nicely.
Colby27: Didn't mean to get you in a tizzy. Just my opinion.
I don't think this was the "largest" volcanic explosion. The last
time the volcano underneath Yellowstone blew it put down an ash trail all the
way through Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas. I'm wondering why everything
"BYU" has to be first, biggest, best, etc. Why can't it just be
found, understood and move on. It's still good research if it's a
fact.Then again maybe we don't want facts to get in the way of good
research either. It depends on the subject.
To to the sci-news dot com site and look it up. There is a map there that shows
the area of the caldera. Pretty fascinating. I live 1-3 hours away
from several volcanoes and 3 hours away from a caldera and they are fascinating
to explore. It sounds like the Pacific ring of fire extends much farther away
than originally supposed.