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Given the interest in this issue at Mt. St. Helens, i thought you might be interested in the following Seattle Times headline:

 

EPA backs snowmobile ban in Yellowstone, Grand Teton

 

Link:

http://archives.seattletimes.nwsource.com/cgi-bin/texis.cgi/web/vortex/display?slug=snowmobile30&date=20020430&query=Yellowstone

 

Rest assured, this is contrary to the wishes of the Bush Administration, and certainly the Snowmobile Industry.

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Per the P.B.S. show NOVA last week, two-thirds of the park is one-giant culdara volcano that is due to blow. The geological record indicates that once every six hundred to eight hundred thousand years, Yellowstone lets loose a massive eruption. It has been 600,000 years since the last erruption.

 

So what difference do a few snowmobiles make?

 

(PS: I don't think the current model snowmobiles should be allowed anywhere and that the CAFE standard should be at least 40mpg - but this has even less to do with climbing.)

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Originally posted by HernyG:

Per the P.B.S. show NOVA last week, two-thirds of the park is one-giant culdara volcano that is due to blow. The geological record indicates that once every six hundred to eight hundred thousand years, Yellowstone lets loose a massive eruption. It has been 600,000 years since the last erruption.

 

So what difference do a few snowmobiles make?

 

(PS: I don't think the current model snowmobiles should be allowed anywhere and that the CAFE standard should be at least 40mpg - but this has even less to do with climbing.)

Yeah and the sun is going to run out of hydrogen in a few billion years so what difference does it make.

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By the same argument as above, St Helens has a far shorter eruptive recurrence interval. Heck, the pre 1980 edifice was only a few thousands of years old, which puts it considerably younger than Yellowstone. Does that mean I want to run into snowmobiles on a daily basis there? No. Does volcanic recurrence interval have anything to do with snowmobile impacts on wildlife and the environment on a daily basis? No.

 

The yellowstone argument works about as well as saying that you are going to get old and die anyways, so why bother having a good and enjoyable life in the meantime.

 

On the other hand, each volcano has a nice piece of granite forming up below it. Give it a few million years of erosion to get to the surface and you've got yourself another splitter crag. Yummy!

 

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