It’s become fairly common knowledge that Yellowstone National Park, in addition to being incredibly beautiful, is sitting on top of an enormous supervolcano that catastrophically erupts every few hundred thousand years. Unlike normal volcanoes, which tend to produce large cone-shaped mountains made of ash and lava, supervolcano eruptions (defined being at least an 8 on the
I mean the Dutton ranch is close to Yellowstone, so the rich NIMBYS will be there for sure
I struggle to believe that someone who proposes gold plated copper for a subterranean pipe has an idea what they’re talking about
If you could only make a Youtube video out of this my 15year son old would be glued to the screen. So I have to wait if he develops the same joy in reading blogs and articles as I do, besides some fantasy novels he is already into...
fnially, a way to slow down global warming - a good cat-8 volcano every decade or so until we get our act together.
Seems to me another big question is should we do it now. Given both the time frame for a Yellowstone eruption and the rate at which our technology improves and many kinds of cost decrease it seems like it might make sense to simply wait and do it later.
I'm much more interested in the ability to cool smaller more active volcanoes but maybe that's different.
While this project sounds a dubious the case for doing increased monitoring of other volcanoes which may turn out to warrant exactly this sort of project sounds overwhelming.
If you are going to write an article using lots of numbers representing energy then you should learn that Gigawatts is not Energy, it is Power. Please correct your physics and perhaps people could then believe you. Energy=Gigawatt-hours, Power=Gigawatts.
If you had all this free energy, why would you waste (apparently) 85% of it by converting to electricity? If the energy could be used directly for carbon capture from the atmosphere, the amount we are talking about would be sufficient to return the atmosphere to pre-industrial CO2 concentrations.
These proposals strike me as things undertaken at the height of progressivism in the 19th and 20th centuries that we now know are catastrophic in the long term.
It's interesting to think of advanced geothermal as a carbon free but nonrenewable resource
It only takes a pin prick to pop a balloon...
Certainly funding should be provided for research on whether it is safe to use geothermal like this. Ideally it would be tried out on smaller potential volcanoes, further away from large centres of population
Cool! So interesting!
I think the analysis of whether we should do it at Yellowstone also needs to consider things like population density at the areas most likely to be be impacted the most and whether advanced warning will be of any help.