Thursday, January 27, 2011

The interview CNN should have given (but didn’t)

The geobloggosphere is currently abuzz over an interview of Dr. Michio Kaku, a highly respected physicist, during a taping of CNN's American Morning show. The subject matter is the Yellowstone Caldera, the likelihood of a super-eruption at Yellowstone in the future and the societal effects should it erupt in our lifetime.  Dr. Erik Klemetti and Gareth Fabbro, both geologists, make eloquent statements in their geoblogs regarding the nature and content of the interview. I am not going to rehash what transpired other than to say CNN has gravely mis-served the public interest by casting a physicist as an expert in geological processes.

Probably one of the most well-respected geologists when it comes to the geology of the Yellowstone Caldera and its eruptions is Dr. Jake Lowenstern, Scientist-in-Charge at the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory. What follows is an interview he gave a couple of years ago and touches on many of the different aspects regarding Yellowstone including eruptive history, hazards, the geothermal system, and the YVO itself. Sure it’s not as dramatic or attention-grabbing as the CNN interview was, but it’s the content that counts, not the drama behind it.

 Yes! Yellowstone is a Volcano (1 of 3)

 The Yellowstone Volcano Observatory (2 of 3)

 Yellowstone Eruptions (3 of 3)

All three videos are from "ocweb," USGS's first Youtube channel prior to its move here..

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