A Novel – In One Page per Day
Day 122, Wednesday
May 2nd, 2018
Chapter Three: The Discovery
Jim had studied the living planet with tools surpassing the greatest assets of any geophysicist on Earth.
The Earth held no mysteries for him.
He had known about the life cycle of this caldera for millennia, and every other volcano on Earth’s unstable surface.
Ever since the first incident, he was determined to not be taken by surprise. There could be no strategy without knowledge.
Humans had discovered the cauldera a mere forty years earlier. There science had only given them knowledge of plate tectonics a short one hundred years before that.
It was a scientific age, but only for a small segment of human civilization. They had barely begun to understand the atom, and the genome, and yet they were quick to adapt their knowledge into weapons, and other useful tools.
Fifty years after the first flight in a small wooden craft, they constructed a rocket made of the lightest alloys that propelled them to the moon, where they were able to land safely and return.
Only when the heat beneath the super-volcano was discovered pushing an entire mountain range upward, into the sky, were they able to understand the geological forces at work beneath the Yellowstone.
Jim, through his observation and the power of his instruments, was able to calculate to the second when the volcano would blow. He wanted to intervene, but he was forbidden.
The Continuum decided it would do nothing. It knew that life on Earth would be devastated yet again, but it craved the drama, it wanted to watch the human race, reemerge once more from the ashes.
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