When strong tremors rocked the surface of Yellowstone National Park, Professor George Curtis took time off from his classes to investigate the causes. Curtis was familiar with the fact that the geological history of the park involved three large eruptions, spaced 600,000 years apart. He was uncomfortably aware that the last 600,000 year cycle was ending and that the surface was rising over the Yellowstone Caldera, a huge crater measuring approximately 44 miles by 27 miles.
Even as Dr. Curtis mused over the fact that the volcanic eruptions on the Yellowstone Plateau were so huge they had the potential to severely wipe out many varieties of life on earth, plans were afoot to include him in a scientific research team. The story follows the progress of a team of scientists as they attempt to learn what is happening under the surface while the park is rocked by increasingly violent quakes. It’s a difficult time for the team, and for regular visitors to the park when, from Washington, the Vice-President’s hidden political agenda attempt to thwart their efforts to close the park because of the imminent danger of a cataclysmic eruption.
Meanwhile hiking boy scouts in Yellowstone’s mountains have to face earthslides and volcanoes as they try to escape. A touring group of seniors on a horse trip is trapped by slides and rising water, while being threatened by a menacing hungry grizzly with three cubs. A young mother finds herself hanging perilously onto the collapsed stairway hanging over the edge of Yellowstone Canyon and trying to hold onto her unconscious husband, and squirming children.
When one of his female geology students appears in Yellowstone and offers her help, Dr. Curtis starts wondering if there are not other important things in life, other than volcanoes.
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Published November 19, 2010
by Stoness Publications.