NASA has plan to defuse Yellowstone (for real)


Jun 11, 2017

They believe the most viable solution could be to drill up to 10km down into the supervolcano, and pump down water at high pressure. The circulating water would return at a temperature of around 350C (662F), thus slowly day by day extracting heat from the volcano. And while such a project would come at an estimated cost of around $3.46bn (£2.69bn), it comes with an enticing catch which could convince politicians to make the investment.

“Yellowstone currently leaks around 6GW in heat,” Wilcox says. “Through drilling in this way, it could be used to create a geothermal plant, which generates electric power at extremely competitive prices of around $0.10/kWh. You would have to give the geothermal companies incentives to drill somewhat deeper and use hotter water than they usually would, but you would pay back your initial investment, and get electricity which can power the surrounding area for a period of potentially tens of thousands of years. And the long-term benefit is that you prevent a future supervolcano eruption which would devastate humanity.”


Aug 6, 2015
Ok, so the environmental clan ties the drilling phase up in the courts for a millennium. Then they tie up the transmission line phase in the courts for another millennium.
What was the original plan? Where is this super volcano anyway? Has anyone seen it?

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Aug 5, 2016
I really do not think this is a good idea. With the new GES systems, you can put Geothermal anywhere. Plus that is a huge waste of freshwater. Not to mention the geological disaster this could cause but rapid onset of cooling rock by artificially injected water. I could think of a million things I could spend that budget on that are needed far more at this point than this silly idea. We are not knowledgeable enough to be geoengineering the planet at this point in human history. Just because we can do something, does'nt always me that we should. Its probably the reason the aliens have passed on us. :help:
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