It’s almost October, which means communities across the country will pretend to be German for a weeked (or more in some cases) to celebrate Oktoberfest.
Unfortunately, the event could also hasten a looming beer shortage.
We’ve had warnings since 2020 that we could see shortage of suds due to supply chain issues around carbon dioxide. The warnings may now come to a head, however, thanks to a CO2 production issue in Mississippi.
According several sources, there was a natural contamination at Jackson Dome, Miss. That is a reservoir of CO2 from an extinct volcano and the contamination is forcing brewers to curt back production of beer.
After your panic about a lack of beer as we head deeper into the football season passes, take a moment and reread the above sentence.
THERE IS A DORMANT VOLCANO IN MISSISSIPPI! HOW DID I NOT KNOW THIS BEFORE?!?!?
How many other dormant/extinct volcanos are out there? Is there one in Kansas? Is there one in Riley County?
Google tells me the answer is yes. Sort of.
The article linked above is from 1999. Apparently there are “kimberlites” in Riley and Marshall counties. Kimberlites are pipes of volcanic material that have exploded to the surface causing small craters and leaving behind volcanic rocks.
So, yay. Volcanos in Kansas.
We’re going to end up with a bad SyFy movie, aren’t we?