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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section One, Jim and Kathy; Part Seven, Catastrophe; Chapter Three, Volcano

Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 052, Wednesday
February 21st, 2018

Chapter Three: Volcano

When the super-volcano in Yellowstone Park blew. Most people on earth had no idea of the danger, no idea that such a threat even existed, what its destructive power was, or how extensive the damage was that it had done in the past.

The existence of the caldera-volcano in Yellowstone had only been discovered by humans in the recent past. It was too massive to see with the naked eye.

Geologists discovered it by chance, as teams of surveyors were examining the original surveys of the surrounding mountains. They noticed that the surveys they were taking did not match those done a hundred years earlier.

They found this perplexing.

The science of surveying, trigonometry, this was well established, it had not changed in the hundred years intervening.

The new measurements showed an uplift of several centimeters over hundreds of square miles of mountain range. The uplift itself was not uniform, meaning that, the discrepancy could not be explained by a piece of faulty equipment, or by the uniform application of an incorrect formula.

It was suggestive of geological mystery.

More teams of geologists were called in to study the rock formations, their strata. They came to the conclusion that hundreds of square miles had indeed experienced a dramatic uplift in a short period of time.

They wanted to understand it.

They knew intuitively that a massive geological force had to underlay the phenomenon they were measuring. They naturally thought of the heat source lurking beneath the Yellowstone Park that were the cause of its many geysers and other natural wonders.

And so they discovered it. a massive volcano deep beneath the earth, one that had gone off like clock-work. Every 600,000 thousand years, and it had been 640,000 years since the last eruption.

Now the disaster was upon them, they were not able to do anything about it, and the world was dying, life on the earth was becoming just another layer of clay.

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