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SupervolcanoesIn 1971 heavy rain fell across much of East Nebraska. In the summer paleontologist Mike Voorhies traveled to the farmland around the Midwest town of Orchard. What he was to discover exceeded his wildest dreams.

It was a sight of sudden prehistoric disaster. Voorhies’ digging revealed the bones of 200 fossilized rhinos together with the prehistoric skeletons of camels, lizards, horses and turtles. Dating shows they all died abruptly 10 million years ago. The cause of death, however, remained a mystery. It was not from old age…

Hidden deep beneath the Earth’s surface lie one of the most destructive and yet least-understood natural phenomena in the world – super volcanoes. Only a handful exist in the world but when one erupts it will be unlike any volcano we have ever witnessed. The explosion will be heard around the world. The sky will darken, black rain will fall, and the Earth will be plunged into the equivalent of a nuclear winter.

Normal volcanoes are formed by a column of magma – molten rock – rising from deep within the Earth, erupting on the surface, and hardening in layers down the sides. This forms the familiar cone shaped mountain we associate with volcanoes. Super volcanoes, however, begin life when magma rises from the mantle to create a boiling reservoir in the Earth’s crust. This chamber increases to an enormous size, building up colossal pressure until it finally erupts.

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Comments and User Reviews

  • William

    Interesting doc....Mother Nature cleansing herself. Can't wait.

  • js

    human population bottle neck- and we made it back from a few 1000 individuals...

    seem that i heard this before...i can't remember?

  • ben68

    That music is rather distracting.

  • Achems Razor

    That is why Yellowstone is the way it is, makes sense. It is sitting on a hot magma and gas bubble.

    It seems the Earth does have its own cleansing cycle. But unlike
    @ William: I can, wait!

  • Kathryn

    This reminds me of a PBS "Secrets of the Dead" episode about the Krakatoa eruption in 535 AD or something like that. Basically it linked the fall of Rome, the epidemic of bubonic plague and the rise of the Dark Ages to a sudden global climate change caused by that one event. I wish I could find it again but a Google video search doesn't even yield one clip!

  • beep

    @kathryn - i remember the documentary you are talking about, and im fairly certain the episode was called "catastrophe!"

    It's currently only available on video/dvd i think

  • Karen

    This could start an ice age.

  • M.

    This just shows that nature is significantly more powerful than humans. It can have more effect on us than we can on it!

  • Yunya

    This is grave cause for concern. I had better start stocking up on booze.

  • SPOONS

    I'm going to kill myself now and save Mother Earth the trouble.. I'll show her!

  • http://zebrareader.blogspot.com/ Lori George Alexander

    An interesting BBC film and scary too. It would seem as if scientists and those in power could get together and come up with some ideas about releasing some of that pent up pressure down there so that the super-volcano would not erupt with so much power and destruction. But what do I know?

  • random name

    dude that was a great doc

  • johannesfaust

    impressive...george carlin was right

  • Samusakis

    Lol who needs some alien invasion or WW3 if we have things like that waiting to explode!

    On a related note, some documentary (can't remember the name of it) was talking about a 'quasar' or something like that in the universe that has one of its 'jet like energy beams' pointed right at our solar system. It could destroy an entire solar system and everything around it. And the best part is that since the energy is going at the speed of ligt and straight at us, there is no way of telling when it will hit us or has the shot been made altogether becouse of the time lagg.

    My point is that there is more than enough ways for humanity to die out, right up until the point where it's no longer an issue of fear, but rather of acceptance.

  • Pádraig

    We’ll why am I paying my stupid Visa card then?

  • apb

    krakatoa happened in 1883 loooong after the fall of the roman empire btw. you might be thinking about pompei. also, scientists know so little about outer space that you can worry about your quasar all you want, probably till you die of old age. you all have a better chance of falling down the stairs, dying of cancer, or being killed by the supposed radition emited from your celly. relax, smoke em if you got em, and enjoy the ride. and if we do go, i vote for zombie apocalypse, i figure there's about as much chance as that happening anyway. ooh and as long as 1000 of us survive zombies we'll make it back... wait as long as the ratio of men to breeding age women is... oooh crap, wait. no really wait. what are the chances that 1000 of us scattered around the globe in a harsh and unforgiving climate thousands of years ago with no written comunications or umbrellas could survive................. crikey...... we're all KNACKERED!!!

  • apb

    LOL...krakatoa happened in 1883 loooong after the fall of the roman empire btw. you might be thinking about pompei. also, scientists know so little about outer space that you can worry about your quasar all you want, probably till you die of old age. you all have a better chance of falling down the stairs, dying of cancer, or being killed by the supposed radition emited from your celly. relax, smoke em if you got em, and enjoy the ride. and if we do go, i vote for zombie apocalypse, i figure there's about as much chance as that happening anyway. ooh and as long as 1000 of us survive zombies we'll make it back... wait as long as the ratio of men to breeding age women is... oooh crap, wait. no really wait. what are the chances that 1000 of us scattered around the globe in a harsh and unforgiving climate thousands of years ago with no written comunications or umbrellas could survive................. crikey...... we're all KNACKERED!!!

  • Remco

    There is 1 small mistake though, Toba is many times smaller then Yellowstone.

    I want to see the docu Supervulcano again. I love it xD

    This was a good one to:)

    BBC is good in airing good docu's

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeremy.a.gross Jeremy Gross

    well, that settles it...i'm moving to Antartica.

  • His Forever

    This was almost too scary to even watch (I've watched it twice)! This would be frightening beyond words if I had no concept of the things and timing of God. I can't see God allowing this to happen until the appointed time, as it would basically end the world as we know it, but it does say at the end of the Book of Revelation that this present earth would be destroyed/reformed by fire the next time it's completely destroyed. Even a small eruption that hit the midwest, let alone a super eruption would destory the entire population of Whooping Cranes, etc. That would just be devistating.

  • http://www.facebook.com/KIRAsMiSAMiSA Misa Amane

    Yeah, you won't die being scorched to death. You'll just freeze to death. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Draw-Vinette/100002174773347 Draw Vinette

    There is a missing segment to this program occuring at 23 minutes 10 seconds. There is an abrupt change from Yellowstone National Park to Santarini Island. This missing segment may be 15 minutes in length corresponding to the shortened length of the program from 59 minutes to 44 minutes.

  • His Forever

    Look for it on youtube and send Vlatko a link when you find it! That's what I do.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Draw-Vinette/100002174773347 Draw Vinette

    Friday April 29, 2011

    What role do Supervolcanic eruptions play in Earth's climate catastrophic events?

    The following 650,000 years of historic Earth climate data has been taken from the documentary “Inconvenient Truth” featuring Al Gore at 20 minutes 9 seconds. The documentary “Inconvenient Truth” can be seen at this web site. The historic climate data was obtained by analyzing Antarctic Ice Cores. A temperature and CO2 level were determined.

    The purpose of the documentary “Inconvenient Truth” was to highlight the current dangers of extreme global warning due to excessive amounts of CO2 being introduced into the atmosphere from the combustion of fossil fuels.

    However inadvertently what this documentary showed was far more disturbing with regards to regularly occurring catastrophic climate events that result in ice ages lasting from 15,000 to 50,000 years on Earth.

    Unless otherwise indicated a Temperature / CO2 Peak is immediately followed by an abrupt crash in temperature / CO2 levels.

    Temperature crash causes include, supervolcanic eruptions, asteroid strikes, or decrease in solar cycle output or a combination of all three.

    Each Temperature / CO2 Peak marks the beginning of the next cooling period / ice age except for Present Day.

    Based on the historic climate weather data obtained from the Antarctica ice cores, Earth is experiencing its longest period of climate stability in the last 650,000 years, 87,500 years.

    Three known past climate events to have affected Earth's temperature were:
    1) Asteroid impact in 10,000 BC = 12,000 Years BP
    2) Toba Supervolcanic eruption 74,000 Years BP
    3) Yellowstone eruption 600,000 Years BP

    These three events register as small catastrophic climate events in Earth's history. However there are much bigger climate catastrophes that occur on the Earth every 67,344 years on average. The next major climate catastrophe is now 57,656 years overdue and a medium climate catastrophe is now 13,906 years overdue. Based on the historical climate data for the Earth going back 650,000 years.

    There were 16 small, medium and major catastrophic climate events in the last 650,000 years that that caused Earth's temperature to plunge resulting 8 times in either an ice age or an extended ice age. (650,000 – 12,000 trim front – 30,000 trim back) years /16 events = 608,000 years / 16 events
    608,000 years / 16 events = 38,000 years / event (small, medium or major)

    The average is 38,000 years between small, medium and major catastrophic climate events. The last small event was 12,000 BP, meaning that another small event might not happen for another (38,000 – 12,000) = 26,000 years. This is the good news.

    There were 8 total medium & major climate events in the last 650,000 years that plunged the Earth into ice ages lasting from 20,000 to 50,000 years.

    (650,000 – 81,250 trim front – 30,000 trim back) years / 8 events = 538,750 years / 8 events
    538,750 years / 8 events = 67,344 years / event (medium or major resulting in an ice age)

    The average is 67,344 years between medium and major catastrophic climate events.

    The last medium catastrophic climate event was 81,250 Years BP. 81,250 Years – 67,344 Years = 13,906 years over due for a medium catastrophic climate event.

    The last major catastrophic climate event was 125,000 Years BP. 125,000 Years – 67,344 Years = 57,656 years overdue for a major catastrophic climate event.

    ****************
    Based on the overdue averages for a medium and major catastrophic climate event of 13,906 years and 57,656 years a medium or major catastrophic climate event is due at any time.
    ****************

    BP = Before present

    Temperature / CO2 Peak Interval between peaks for cooling and warming

    Present Day (Highest temperature in 112,000 years)
    81,250 Years Since Last Catastrophic event if Toba included
    (Toba's eruption was 74,000 Years BP – the graph may be off)

    12,000 Year BP (very small catastrophic climate event) Asteroid Impact North America
    Younger-drays period cooling for 2,000 years
    31,000 Years – Warming to Present Day (ignoring asteroid impact event in 12,000 BP)
    56,500 Years – Cooling due to multiple small climate catastrophe events)
    81,250 Years BP (Medium catastrophic climate event) Toba eruption - Sumatra
    81,250 to 87,500 (6,250 Years of climate stability)
    37,500 Years Interval between peaks for cooling and warming
    125,000 Years BP (Major catastrophic climate event)
    85,000 Years Interval between peaks for cooling and warming
    210,000 Years BP (Major catastrophic climate event)
    35,000 Years Interval between peaks for cooling and warming
    245,000 Years BP (Major catastrophic climate event)
    95,000 Years Between Catastrophic events
    45,000 Years Interval between peaks for cooling and warming
    290,000 Years BP (small catastrophic climate event)
    50,000 Years Interval between peaks for cooling and warming
    340,000 Years BP (Major catastrophic climate event)
    70,000 Years Interval between peaks for cooling and warming
    410,000 Years BP (Major catastrophic climate event)
    65,000 Years Interval between peaks for cooling and warming
    475,000 Years BP (Medium catastrophic climate event)
    85,000 Years Between Catastrophic events
    30,000 Years Interval between peaks for cooling and warming
    505,000 Years BP (small catastrophic climate event)
    35,000 Years Interval between peaks for cooling and warming
    540,000 Years BP (small catastrophic climate event)
    20,000 Years Interval between peaks for cooling and warming
    560,000Years BP (Medium catastrophic climate event)
    60,000 Years Between Catastrophic events
    560,000 to 580,000 Years BP (20,000 years of climate stability)
    20,000 Years Interval between peaks for cooling and warming
    600,000 Years BP (last Yellowstone eruption) (small catastrophic climate event)
    20,000 Years Interval between peaks for cooling and warming
    620,000 Years BP (Medium catastrophic climate event)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Maire-Wesley/100000816213088 Maire Wesley

    What is the name of the documentary linking the fall of Rome to Krakatoa. I saw that documentary and it was very interesting.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_N57C3L3EXPBFIHOTUEBQ5ABGIE Mårten Justrell

    I thought the evidence for an asteroid creating the ice age 12000 BC was wrong and that they found that the ice core drilling samples contained fungus and not dust from an impact.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_N57C3L3EXPBFIHOTUEBQ5ABGIE Mårten Justrell

    Is the person whom got the premunition about the yellowstone caldera not infact you "Draw Vinette" or do you just happen too share the same last name?

  • GoughLewis

    I AM WITH YOU BROTHER! AMEN!

    Well lets pay Al Gore and IMF global carbon tax, each and everyone of us, to save the planet from Co2. What's the problem, lets DO IT NOW!

    We (all human populations) should be monitored 24 hours a day, and have prison time if we don't recycle. Al Gore should be the first global ruler, all countries should dissolve to form one super nation, a one world government, one god, one political party, one earth.

    We must make the hard choices and have forced population control, euthanasia, infanticide, humanly "put down" people with defects, ailments, cancer, or hereditary diseases like Mar-fan Syndrome or albino birth defects. We must have forced population control on the Eurasia continents, purging Africa of it's poor and unnecessary, as well as drastically increase the Chinese style population reduction programs globally, as well as sterilization vaccines, and covertly introduce sterilization policies that will make men and woman impotent and sterile through genetically modified foods. We should spray the populations of the planet with Aluminum and Barium to drastically increase the fulfillment of global life/population reduction policies... the quicker the better.

    I know that there is all these so called "science experts" that has disproved Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth as so factually challenged that it has been banned for screening as an educational tool by the courts...but who cares, who is NASA climate research anyway, and what do they know? Nothing! It's a conspiracy against global carbon tax. All these scientist that have come out of the woodwork saying Co2 global carbon tax/global warming is a fraud/ponzi scheme to pull in trillions of dollars is just jealous. "Climate Gate" is just a lie made up by deniers who hate polar bears, and should not be allowed to be reported on in the news.

    I also say so what that Al Gore has made $256,000,000 million dollars on Global Warming Tax Scheme...he's saving the planet! And he has four kids you say? So what, he pays his company "Carbon Credits" to make them "Carbon Neutral" OK! But he has two private Jets you say.... well thats because he has houses and compounds all over the planet and he has servants that he has to fly around as well...OK! I think people should be arrested, tortured, have there body dumped in the ocean, if they talk bad about Al Gore. It's racist, and they are deniers and liars.

    Get a life all you climate deniers, actually we need less "useless eaters" as Henry Kissinger calls the citizens of the planet. I am going to lead by example... I'm going to kill myself.

  • Bones2pick

    The dramatic change in the population....was from the flood you idiots.

  • http://www.facebook.com/BadMotherFukerBad Jesse James

    @Marten
    I don't think it is Him, I checked out his Facebook and believe it or not it actually seems to be a fake/spammer Facebook with only 1 picture of a painting and basically nothing but spam of some childrens care thing all over the site...
    Pedo Maybe, But no Theoretical Physicist.

  • http://www.facebook.com/BadMotherFukerBad Jesse James

    That may have something to do with it being uploaded to google video.

    What's up with You btw? You're totally not the guy who dreamed of yellowstone, I can tell by your facebook you must be a spammer or something...

  • Trevor Branigan

    Anyone know what the background music is at 14:00?

  • dks2012

    how does politics and religion get into every bloody discussion? im so sick of it, this was a great scientific doco, with explanations of how these guys come to the conclusions they do, leave religon and politics out of it for once pl...

  • dks2012

    religion and politics divide us, its high time humanity (including these commentators) focuses on something that brings us together

  • vlado serfel

    Why you talking about flood.
    I hope is not based on Bible

  • http://twitter.com/Rrriccch R J M

    Awesome. Best post I have seen on here. Your sarcasm is brilliant.

  • http://twitter.com/Rrriccch R J M

    Always some tool that thinks a fiction book is better than science. Greek & Roman "religion" is now called mythology. The same will be true of today's religions. Get a grip dude, the dark ages are over. This is a science debate, not your fictional religious junk.

  • filmradical

    This isn't a documentary, it's at best a poorly written scifi movie.

  • Marrol

    It is neither poorly written, nor scifi. It a good example of a factumentary. Yes, the story is obviously fiction, but the event is built of scientific facts that show how a mega-cataclysmic erruption would/could play out.

  • Drastically Undiluted

    Really? Have you studied any of this, even remotely? It's quite accurate in terms of expressing our current scientific capabilities, and predicting the potential outcome (not even the worst-case). Perhaps you should do a little research before you resort to an emotional response.

  • awful_truth

    An interesting docu-drama, better described as what we commonly refer to as a disaster movie. Actually, I really enjoyed the program, if for only as a reminder to all of us that life is precious, and at best precarious, regardless of all our attempts at stability in an ever changing environment.