Yellowstone National Park
August 2012 — This photo was take at Grand Prismatic Spring, the largest hot spring in the U.S. and the third largest in the world. I blogged about the trip on my blog, Cosmic Smudge. From my post, “The malevolent beauty of Yellowstone“:
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This is where the world as we know it will end. Here in the northwest corner of Wyoming — the American Serengeti, if you will, where three to four million tourists a year come to enjoy the plentiful wildlife, the spectacular views of waterfalls, prismatic pools, bubbling mud pots and daily geyser eruptions in Yellowstone National Park.
Someday in the future, whether it’s tomorrow or 30,000 years from now, there will be a deafening rumble as the earth cracks open and then explodes. A massive plume of red, molten lava — the likes of which the world hasn’t seen in more than 600,000 years — will fill the sky, killing most everything within a thousand miles of the park. North America will be buried in ash. The volcanic cloud created by the eruption will block out the sun, killing crops and possibly ushering in a new ice age.