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I cringe at headlines like this as a geologist. We call these mantle plumes....and as stated, it is unknown if it will ever erupt into a volcano. A supervolcano has a specific definition (cubic area of deposits from the eruption), in which none of the criteria have been met for this region of the Northeast.
Let the media handle anything science and I guarantee it'll be wrong. It seems like his team is working with incomplete data from what I'm reading. To challenge such solid geological fundamentals of the North American craton will need A LOT more studying than this one study.
It's basically a non story. But there's just enough there to make it into something they can get people to click on. Heck I did.That was my thought. I was like why even publish this. Are you trying to cause panic with people living in that area? With data being incomplete, wait until you have a full picture. And even if you believe there is a new Super Volcano looming, Then make sure people are aware upfront that it is thousands or millions of years away from actually erupting.