[ Back to EurekAlert! ]

Contact: Lee Siegel
leesiegel@ucomm.utah.edu
801-581-8993
University of Utah

Yellowstone Magma Chamber Exposed

Caption: The orange shapes in this image represent the magma chamber -- a chamber of molten and partly molten rock -- beneath the giant volcanic crater known as the Yellowstone caldera, which is represented by the rusty-colored outline at the top. The red rectangular slab-like feature is a computer-generated representation of molten rock injected into the magma chamber since mid-2004, causing the caldera to rise at an unprecedented rate of almost 3 inches a year, according to a new University of Utah study. In reality, the injected magma probably is shaped more like a pancake than a slab. The two rusty circles within the caldera outline represent the resurgent volcanic domes above the magma chamber.

Credit: Wu-Lung Chang, University of Utah.

Usage Restrictions: None

Related news release: Yellowstone rising


[ Back to EurekAlert! ]