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#1 Hum

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Posted 13 July 2014 - 04:36

A popular road through Yellowstone National Park was shut down on Thursday when the asphalt started to melt. :huh:

The park says extreme heat from thermal areas is causing hot oil to bubble to the surface of Firehole Lake Drive, a scenic 3.3-mile loop that runs past Great Fountain Geyser, White Dome Geyser and Firehole Lake.

"It basically turned the asphalt into soup," park spokesman Dan Hottle told USA Today. "It turned the gravel road into oatmeal."

 

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That same thermal heat melting the road is what gives the park its famous geysers, hot springs, mudpots and fumaroles. But for the moment, some of these natural wonders will be off-limits as officials ask both motorists and hikers to avoid the area.

"There are plenty of other great places to see thermal features in the park," Al Nash, another Yellowstone spokesman, told The Associated Press. "I wouldn't risk personal injury to see these during this temporary closure."

The park says the road will remain closed for several days, but no re-opening date has been announced. Visitors planning to travel to Yellowstone can call (307) 344-2117 to hear current road conditions.

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Posted 13 July 2014 - 05:13

They need to contact Australian road makers for their high-heat formula. :laugh:



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Posted 13 July 2014 - 05:47

So the road melts but the snow doesn't?



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Posted 13 July 2014 - 05:59

So the road melts but the snow doesn't?

 

That looks like sand, not snow.



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Posted 13 July 2014 - 06:01

So the road melts but the snow doesn't?


Why would it be snowing in the US at the moment?

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Posted 13 July 2014 - 06:08

Why would it be snowing in the US at the moment?

Global Warming of course!

 

sorry couldn't resist.



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Posted 13 July 2014 - 06:12

Looks like this is the end ... Yellowstone is going to blow.



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Posted 13 July 2014 - 17:22

Why would it be snowing in the US at the moment?

 

I didn't say it was still snowing. There's snow in the photo, and I was just near Yellowstone a week ago and yes there was still snow.



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Posted 13 July 2014 - 17:25

Aliens



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Posted 13 July 2014 - 17:42

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#11 adrynalyne

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Posted 13 July 2014 - 17:43

So the road melts but the snow doesn't?

 

Asphalt absorbs and holds onto heat, and seeing how its just the road that is closed, I'd say its localized.  They would cordon off the entire area if it was a matter of the entire ground becoming too hot.



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Posted 13 July 2014 - 18:15

I wouldn't go anywhere near the Yellowstone supervolcano.



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Posted 13 July 2014 - 19:19

If it goes anything within 2,000 miles will be too "near."

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Posted 13 July 2014 - 19:28

This is why its best to use cement to do the road in for these area's...it has been suggested to them before from what I remember when there. They keep refusing to do it and would rather keep wasting the money on the pavement and work.



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Posted 13 July 2014 - 20:13

This is why its best to use cement to do the road in for these area's...it has been suggested to them before from what I remember when there. They keep refusing to do it and would rather keep wasting the money on the pavement and work.

 

Suggested by actual road engineers or Joe plumber?

 

Cause while cement works great on areas of the autobahn in geologically stable Germany. My layman opinion is that it would be a terrible idea on a geologically unstable area like Yellowstone where I imagine the ground can move a lot, on top of the high difference in summer and winter temperatures causing terrain shifts.