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Published on May 14, 2007
*** Be patient, the action doesn't start until 1:47 ** What would happen if Yellowstone Lake inundated the geyser system and the roof of the magma chamber? This experiment was a success. I was able to pressurize the can by having the ice melt over rim of can, creating an airtight seal and trapping gases. As you can see it takes a while for system to become volitile, but once the pressure rises and water is introduced,there is a chain reaction and the ice cap (representing crust and lake)is thrown up as liquid(hot cooking oil, representing magma) erupts. The oil was thrown up to 3 feet in the air. At 00:57 there is evident lifting of the ice, and it becomes regular and subsides for short periods. This is representive of swarm earthquakes. This continues until 1:47 when the is a sudden lift followed by large pop at 1:49. This starts the chain reaction. The eruption throws material straight up and there is a rebound effect when liquid is emptied from chamber. You may have noticed me laugh. It was nervous laughter. I thought I was going to burn my face off. And I was shocked because it worked exactly as I thought it should.