Yellowstone: The Super Volcano that Could Wipe out North America

Yellowstone: The Super Volcano that Could Wipe out North America

This environmental threat will not just affect the United States, but will cause catastrophic consequences globally.

Located in the beautiful state of Wyoming is Yellowstone National Park, which was founded in 1872. Inside this park are magnificent sights such as the geyser Old Faithful, majestic lakes and forests, and outstanding wildlife, such as grizzly bears, bison, elk and wolves. Also on this fantastic and protected 3,468 square mile landscape is a Caldera and supervolcano that would wipe out North America and cause a global disaster that could put humanity back into a Pre-Civilization era.

What is a Super Volcano?

By definition, a super volcano is a “volcano that erupts thousands of times greater than ordinary volcanic explosions…” Yellowstone volcano is one of the largest volcanoes in the world with an elevation of 10,308 feet. Recently, scientists have discovered a massive and deep magma filled chamber under the surface of this caldera. Researchers estimate that the amount of magma that chamber holds could fill up the Grand Canyon not 2.5 times (as previously thought before) but 11 times.

Last eruptions and Devastation

This giant threat to humanity has erupted at least three times in the past. Once, about 2.1 million years ago. A second time at 1.2 million years ago and a third time about 640,000 years ago. The volcano is estimated to erupt every 600,000 - 800,000 years and it is presently due for an eruption. The devastation and aftermath is what people should be worried about. Experts estimate that after an eruption, a 10 foot layer of ash would completely cover up to one thousand miles killing well over 85,000 people instantly. The ash that goes up into Earth’s stratosphere would be so devastating to the climate and planet that it would put Earth into something like an ice age. The ash mixing with air would cause problems with breathing and Earth's clean oxygen would be tainted. The world as we knew it would be history.

Future Eruptions

According to the Yellowstone National Park webpage:

“…Most scientists think that the buildup preceding a catastrophic eruption would be detectable for weeks and perhaps months to years. Precursors to volcanic eruptions include strong earthquake swarms and rapid ground deformation and typically take place days to weeks before an actual eruption…”

Scientists state that frequent earthquakes are an indicator that a volcano will erupt in the present to near future. Currently deep underground, the park experiences 1000-2000 earthquakes every single year. Something is obviously happening with this extremely active volcano.

Moving Forward.

The positive part of this very real future catastrophe is that there may be enough time to evacuate people away from the red zones of the volcano before it erupts. Researchers at Yellowstone affirm that any place not in the area of lava flow would be fine for the greater the distance from the eruptive center, the safer it would be. It is impossible to know the damage an eruption would cause throughout the world, but scientists and geophysicists will continue to monitor activity below the surface of this gargantuan precipice. One thing is for sure though, if this volcano erupts it will destroy the majority of North America and forever alter life, not only in the United States, but around the world. If this super volcanic eruption puts Earth into a volcanic winter, humanity may be put into the dark ages once more.

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Christian Boys Vs. Godly Men

It is time to stop settling for the lesser of the two.

Ladies, there is a huge difference between a Christian boy and a Godly man; therefore, it is time to stop settling for the lesser of the two.

So many times I hear girls saying:

“Well, he’s a Christian.”

“He goes to church with me.”

“He listens to Christian music.”

“He went to church camp.”

“He has a favorite bible verse.”

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Well, all of those things are just peachy and there is nothing wrong with doing those things. I mean, they’re all good things to do. But how is his personal relationship with God? How is his prayer life? Does he talk about his relationship with God, with you? Is he truly a follower of the one true God in all aspects of his life? These are some of the characteristics you should be looking for that makes a Godly man.

Ladies, a man will love you great when he loves God greater.

A Godly man will pursue an honest relationship with you. He will be clear of his intentions. A Godly man will worship, pray and passionately praise God with you. Whereas, a Christian boy might open the door for you, a Godly man will open his bible and explore God’s word with you so that you both may grow spiritually, together. While a Christian boy may put on an outward show, a Godly man will live out the love of Jesus daily.

So ladies, are you catching on to this ongoing trend? A Godly man does more because you deserve more.

A Godly man will be a leader. Trust me, I know that in today’s society Godly men are few and far between while Christian boys come in plenty. But you deserve a man who is after God’s heart not just a boy who goes to church. And I know that this Christian boy may seem great and have some really stellar qualities at the time but money and looks fade, whereas, an ongoing love for our savior will not.

The greatest thing a man can do for a woman is to lead her closer to God than himself. (Yes, yes, yes).

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So I beg of you, do not settle. Do not settle just because you’re tired of being single, it’s convenient or because you want the relationship your friend has. Single does not equal available and a relationship status does not define you. God uses your season of singleness to prepare you for what is to come. And if you’re dating a Christian boy, he needs to step it up or you need to move on. Wait for a Godly man who is ready to lead you. God’s timing is always better, always. No matter the circumstance. So, do not rush God. (I mean, He is, after all, pretty good at His job). Therefore, turn your full focus to Him and He will direct your path.

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33

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The 4 Best Tips For A Successful Road Trip

Whether it be four hours or fourteen hours, this advice will benefit everyone.


There are two types of people when traveling: flyers and drivers. Flyers would not be caught dead driving across the country for a vacation and instead opt for a quick flight that will land within the same day. Drivers, on the other hand, embrace the bustling highways that never seem to sleep, even at 3 in the morning. I, among the few others I know, am one of the drivers. I love driving when it comes to long road trips and have traveled by car for all but one spring break. Though the car ride may seem long from time to time, I've managed to come up with several do's and don't's when it comes to road trips.

1. Do bring activities for the ride

road trip

During my first college spring break, this was the one thing we forgot to pack: something to do. A deck of cards, magazines, a few movies, or even a coloring book can help pass the time. Not only does it make the drive seem much quicker than it truly is, but it also includes everyone in the car with the exception of the driver. Keeping busy also keeps the driver awake and alert, and it boosts the overall morale throughout the car. On the other hand, if you can't find a tangible activity, car games such as "Name That Tune" and "I Spy" will be just as efficient to keep the passengers occupied.

2. Don't make too many stops when they aren't necessary

road trip breaks

By increasing the number of rest stops throughout the drive, the amount of time it takes to get to your destination will increase as well. This past week's road trip consisted of stops for gas as well as breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The number of stops can add up quickly, so it is important to make sure that stops for gas, double for restroom breaks. Eating a hearty meal before getting on the road will double as energy for the drive and a filling meal to last until the hunger pangs hit.

3. Do pack snacks for the road

eating in the car

Snacks are a staple when it comes to long road trips. No matter the length of time spent in the car, I have always managed to pack an extra large bag filled with chips, granola bars, sweets, and crackers. The variety keeps a growling stomach at bay and will hold you over until a meal is simply necessary. Travel sized Chips Ahoy cups have been lifesavers when there was no exit off the highway for miles. Packing a cooler filled with water bottles is also an efficient idea to keep everyone hydrated while navigating the roads.

4. Don't get distracted when driving

road trip

One passenger is always named the navigator for this reason only. As the driver of the car, it is your responsibility to keep both your eyes and focus on the road, despite what may be happening on the shoulder ahead. The navigator, whose main role is to help find the way to the destination, also makes sure there are no upcoming blockades that would hinder the driving route. This is where the Waze app comes in handy. Though it may be easy to get distracted by the wrecked car or police lights flashing at a speeding driver, the problem at hand is the car you are in control of.

Taking a road trip, planned or unplanned, can lead to a multitude of unexpected memories that are guaranteed to last a lifetime. If you ever get the chance to take a long trip, I suggest you take a drive. You build relationships, trust, and experience that you will only benefit from. You can always hop a plane to get to your destination quicker, but taking the drive, though it may be long, is worth it. You get to see things when traveling from state to state that you would never see while up in the air.

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