Merging magma can set off supervolcanoes in less than 10,000 years

Crystals help scientists reconstruct ancient eruption near Yellowstone National Park

BUBBLING  A hot spot deep in Earth’s mantle helps fuel the geothermal activity at Yellowstone National Park, shown. The hot spot also nourished a supervolcano that erupted 4.5 million years ago in Idaho when magma reservoirs quickly merged together, a new study suggests.

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