Image of the Day: Let Sleeping Volcanoes Lie

Could the Death Valley crater explode again in the near future? California's Ubehebe Crater, which is a mile and a half wide, came to be several thousand years ago, scientists first thought. An eruption sent rocky debris in Death Valley causing the large crater. It was thought that when this happened Death Valley was much wetter than it is today. According to National Geographic, a new study shows that the explosion may have occurred more recently when Death Valley resembles much as it is today. This means that conditions could be favorable for another explosion.

Credit: Gord McKenna