In 1959, Yellowstone National Park experienced a magnitude 7.9 earthquake. Ancient geysers, long dormant, became active again, and several new ones erupted for the first time. Deep underground fissures opened, completely undetected by recording equipment of the era. The cavernous magma chamber located beneath Yellowstone's Caldera, emptied by a catastrophic eruption six-hundred-forty-thousand-years earlier, began to slowly, but steadily fill.
Since June of 2003, many trails within the park have been closed due to ground temperatures exceeding 200 degrees Fahrenheit. In some locations, the ground was hot enough to melt the soles of a hiker's footwear. Subsequently, a one-hundred-foot mound was discovered at the bottom of Lake Yellowstone. Continuing measurements have confirmed the anomaly is not only getting larger, its rate of expansion is accelerating.
Early travelers had marveled at the area long before the park's inception and, now, every year, millions of people from around the world fall in love with Yellowstone, marrying their senses to its pristine scenic beauty. Unfortunately ... the honeymoon is over. This will become a true story; it's literally waiting to happen.
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