Friday, January 28, 2011
Volcanologist Erik Klemetti over at the Eruptions blog (which I have permanently liked in the sidebar), has a great post on Yellowstone: The public and media obsession with the caldera where he discusses a December 2010 paper by Chang, et al. in Geophysical Research Letters titled An extraordinary episode of Yellowstone caldera uplift, 2004–2010, from GPS and InSAR observations and then provides some examples of the media morphing this into some kind of doomsday scenario.
The paper, of course, makes no such claims and it's mostly baseless hysteria by journalists who, as is typical, neglect to seek any expert advice on a subject they obviously know nothing about. Either that or they're cynical liars. Whichever it is, it reflects poorly on their profession (What Do Politicians, Used Car Salesmen, and Journalists All Have in Common?)
Posted by Steven Schimmrich at 7:00 AM