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* WhamShot: The final shot of the film is a series of satellite images of the United States, each encompassing more area than the last. [[spoiler: The final one reveals the gargantuan new caldera formed by the eruption as well as revealing that the eruption has buried the entire western half of the United States in ash.]]

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* WhamShot: The final shot of the film is a series of satellite images of the United States, each encompassing more area than the last. [[spoiler: The final one reveals the gargantuan new caldera formed by the eruption as well as revealing that the eruption has buried the entire western half of the United States States, and large chunks of Canada and Mexico in ash.]]

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* ShownTheirWork: This work started out as a 2002 BBC non-fiction science documentary. It's notable for both the accuracy of the depiction of the disaster, and the response to it.

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-->'''Nancy:''' Fifteen hundred cubic kilometers of melt.[[note]]As in 1500 cubic kilometers of magma ready to blow, which is a ''lot''.[[/note]]

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-->'''Nancy:''' Fifteen hundred cubic kilometers of melt.[[note]]As in 1500 cubic kilometers 1500km^3 of magma ready to blow, which is a ''lot''.[[/note]]


** The remainder of the team at the field office have a giant one when they realise that Yellowstone's finally gone off. Even the slept oval Jock realises what's happened and let's out a horrified "This isn't mud. It's started."

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** The remainder of the team at the field office have a giant one when they realise that Yellowstone's finally gone off. Even the slept oval skeptical Jock realises what's happened and let's out a horrified "This isn't mud. It's started."


** The remainder of the team at the field office have a giant one when they realise that Yellowstone's finally gone off.
>'''Jock''': This isn't mud. It's started.

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** The remainder of the team at the field office have a giant one when they realise that Yellowstone's finally gone off.
>'''Jock''': This
off. Even the slept oval Jock realises what's happened and let's out a horrified "This isn't mud. It's started."

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** The remainder of the team at the field office have a giant one when they realise that Yellowstone's finally gone off.
>'''Jock''': This isn't mud. It's started.


* WhamShot: The final shot of the film is a series of satellite images of the United States, each encompassing more area than the last. [[spoiler: The final one reveals that the eruption has buried the entire western half of the United States in ash.]]

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* WhamShot: The final shot of the film is a series of satellite images of the United States, each encompassing more area than the last. [[spoiler: The final one reveals the gargantuan new caldera formed by the eruption as well as revealing that the eruption has has buried the entire western half of the United States in ash.]]


* AdvancingWallOfDoom: The first vent undergoing a column collapse triggers a massive wave of pyroclastic flows which flatten every tree they touch and kill Nancy and Matt when they try to flee the scene in their vehicle.

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* AdvancingWallOfDoom: The first vent undergoing a column collapse triggers a massive wave of pyroclastic flows which flatten every tree absolutely obliterate everything they touch and kill Nancy and Matt when they try to flee the scene in their vehicle.

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* AdvancingWallOfDoom: The first vent undergoing a column collapse triggers a massive wave of pyroclastic flows which flatten every tree they touch and kill Nancy and Matt when they try to flee the scene in their vehicle.


* GloryHound: The reason Maggie Chin is investigating Yellowstone. Matt talks her out of it.

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* GloryHound: The reason Maggie Chin is investigating Yellowstone. Matt talks tries to talk her out of it.



* KnowWhenToFoldEm: Maggie gives up on covering Yellowstone on-site when Matt makes her aware of just how big an eruption would be.

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* KnowWhenToFoldEm: Subverted. Maggie gives up on covering Yellowstone on-site when Matt makes her aware of just how big an eruption would be.be and instead starts covering the government's response.



* SmallNameBigEgo: The reporter who constantly harasses Rick's team for information regarding Yellowstone is bent on getting a big scoop and the glory from it. As time goes on, she eventually realizes the gravity of the situation and backs down after a harrowing tour of the caldera.

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* SmallNameBigEgo: The reporter who constantly harasses Rick's team for information regarding Yellowstone is bent on getting a big scoop and the glory from it. As time goes on, she eventually realizes the gravity of the situation and backs down after a harrowing tour of the caldera.caldera... only to focus on the government's response to the impending eruption instead.

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* ApocalypseHow: The eruption itself is a regional disaster, but the volcanic winter scales things up to a global societal disruption.


* GloryHound: The reason Maggie Chin is investigating Yellowstone. Matt talks her out of it.
* HolographicTerminal: Virgil, the modeling computer they use to look at the magma chamber, uses one to display results.



* HolographicTerminal: Virgil, the modeling computer they use to look at the magma chamber, uses one to display results.

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* HolographicTerminal: Virgil, HiroshimaAsAUnitOfMeasure: Kenneth demonstrates the modeling computer they use to look at size of a full-scale Yellowstone eruption by going up the magma chamber, uses one to display results.Volcanic Explosivity Index from Mt. St. Helens[[note]]VEI 5[[/note]] with proportionately-sized cubes.



* KnowWhenToFoldEm: Maggie gives up on covering Yellowstone on-site when Matt makes her aware of just how big an eruption would be.



* MillionToOneChance: Done by Rick in terms of betting odds with Maggie Chin.
* NoAntagonist: Joe Foster is the closest thing to an antagonist and the governor follows along with him, but they both act more reasonably when the chips are down.

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* MillionToOneChance: Done Stated by Rick in terms of betting odds with when Maggie Chin.
Chin asks.
* NoAntagonist: Joe Foster is the closest thing to an antagonist and the governor follows along with him, but they both act more reasonably when the chips are down.



* OhCrap: Very often, given the scale of the cataclysm.

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* OhCrap: Very often, given Once when the scale of anomaly above the cataclysm.magma chamber is revealed to be a magma pocket approaching the surface, again when the plane flies into the ash cloud and again when a second vent opens up as that means it'll chain-react into a caldera-forming eruption.



* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Matt gives one to Maggie for trying to cover the eruption for her own personal fame. He makes it absolutely clear that if she tries to film the eruption, she will be killed by it.



* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Matt gives one to Maggie Chin for trying to cover the eruption for her own personal fame. He makes it absolutely clear that if she tries to film the eruption, she will be killed by it.



-->'''Nancy:''' Fifteen hundred cubic kilometers of melt. (As in 1500 cubic kilometers of magma ready to blow, which is a ''lot''.)

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-->'''Nancy:''' Fifteen hundred cubic kilometers of melt. (As [[note]]As in 1500 cubic kilometers of magma ready to blow, which is a ''lot''.)[[/note]]


* BittersweetEnding: Rick, Jock, Johnson, and Kenneth survive the eruption, and ultimately Rick's suggestion of "Walk to Life" saves 7.3 million people. However, [[spoiler: the eruption has killed hundreds of thousands of Americans, wreaked havoc on the entire global ecosystem, rendered 20% of the United States uninhabitable, triggering mass famine and a volcanic winter.]]

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* BittersweetEnding: Rick, Jock, Johnson, and Kenneth survive the eruption, and ultimately Rick's suggestion of "Walk to Life" saves 7.3 million people. However, [[spoiler: the eruption has killed hundreds of thousands of Americans, wreaked havoc on the entire global ecosystem, rendered 20% of the United States uninhabitable, triggering and caused mass famine and a volcanic winter.]]


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* ImAHumanitarian: Jokingly discussed when Kenneth proposes that he and Rick eat Johnson to survive. Johnson smirks and accepts the challenge.


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* NoPartyLikeADonnerParty: Jokingly discussed when Kenneth proposes that he and Rick eat Johnson to survive. Johnson smirks and accepts the challenge.

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