Yellowstone Supervolcano Superheating? Yellowstone Firehole Lake Drive Closed Due To Melting Asphalt

Underground heat from the Yellowstone Park super volcano and the warm summer sun have turned the asphalt into soup, forcing the temporary closure of the scenic Firehole Lake Drive.

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Firehole Lake Drive, between Old Faithful and Madison Junction in Yellowstone National Park, has been temporarily closed due to a melting road surface.

Extreme heat from surrounding thermal areas resulted in thick oil bubbling to the surface, thus triggering small craters in the asphalt of the scenic road going through the park’s Lower Geyser Basin.

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Underground heat from the park’s super volcano combined with the warm summer sun have melted a road section in Yellowstone National Park, forcing its temporary closure on July 10 2014. Photo: NPS

This time, it is not an imminent eruption, but melting roads! Yes, underground heat from the park’s super volcano and the warm summer sun  have turned the asphalt into soup in the Yellowstone national park, forcing the temporary closure of the scenic Firehole Lake Drive.

The beautiful road will closed the next days for maintenance, but the reopening date is still unknown! To plan your travel and visit at Yellowstone National Park, you can and should call (307) 344-2117 to get new updates.

I am just wondering why the thermal baths just increased in temperature so much. The Yellowstone super volcano magma chambers are actually calm and the area is not what I would call seismically active now!

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