Massive Lake Of Molten Carbon The Size Of Mexico Was Just Discovered Under The US
A recent scientific discovery shows that the western United States could be at risk due to a monstrous reservoir composed of molten carbon.
If it were to be released, the entire global climate could be altered. The carbon currently sits 217 miles beneath the earth and doesn’t have any direct routes to being released, as it stands. It’s 700,000 square miles.
Geologists at Royal Holloway University of London used seismic sensors to figure out that this lake exists. They do this by using sound waves to reflect the depth and size.
The molten carbon lake exists because of the subduction zone it sits in. This is where the Pacific plate and North American plate meet. The Pacific plate is diving underneath of the North American plate and as it does so, extreme heating occurs. This extreme heating then interacts with C02. At this point, part of the plate melts into a lake.
The actual lake lives underneath of Yellowstone park, which is already known to be a massive volcano risk that could kill thousands, maybe even millions, of people in the western United States. Now, those same people have one more thing to worry about with this molten carbon lake.
Author: Jim Satney
PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.
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