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  1. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
    Bryan G. Stephens
    @BryanGStephens

    I have to watch yet, but is it lasers?

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  2. Blondie Thatcher
    Blondie
    @Blondie

    Admit it Troy, you came up with the “flaming death hole”. Another great video. 

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  3. Sisyphus Member
    Sisyphus
    @Sisyphus

    News you can use. Drilling to the magma now.

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  4. OccupantCDN Coolidge
    OccupantCDN
    @OccupantCDN

    Just another science policy trap.

    Just in case global warming isnt scary enough lets direct billions of dollars into research, engineering and construction – into useless projects. They’ll give this a spin.

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  5. Gary Robbins Reagan
    Gary Robbins
    @GaryRobbins

    Sisyphus (View Comment):

    News you can use. Drilling to the magma now.

    I like this idea, but I would want to try it out on a smaller scale at first.  

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  6. Troy Senik Contributor
    Troy Senik
    @TroySenik

    Blondie (View Comment):

    Admit it Troy, you came up with the “flaming death hole”. Another great video.

    Wrote it, picked the image, and insisted on the crunchy guitar underneath. Yes, a Senik special.

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  7. Aaron Miller Member
    Aaron Miller
    @AaronMiller

    I don’t object to the general idea of investing in research to defend humanity against extremely rare, extremely daunting threats like asteroids and super-volcanoes. But leave that investment to billionaires like Gates and Bezos. With success so unlikely and limited to theory, it’s a botttomless pit that taxpayers shouldn’t indulge… even on that mythical day that the US government maintains a budget again. 

    It’s a fun distraction, I suppose, from the trillions in debt added just in the past 2 years. 

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  8. Front Seat Cat Member
    Front Seat Cat
    @FrontSeatCat

    That was fascinating. I remember the volcanic ash from the big volcano in Iceland screwing up all the flights in Europe a few years back.  Now Iceland is heating up again.  Sometimes I look at the RSOE site – they track world events in real time including volcanos.  The earth is definitely doing some strange things lately.  There was a loud boom and shaking in Massachusetts but they said there was no earthquake – not sure what that was – maybe all hell breaking loose?  The devil making more room?

    Event list – Emergency and Disaster Information Service (rsoe-edis.org)

    April 2nd Mysterious Shaking Booms in Southeastern Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. – Earthfiles

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  9. Troy Senik Contributor
    Troy Senik
    @TroySenik

    Front Seat Cat (View Comment):

    That was fascinating. I remember the volcanic ash from the big volcano in Iceland screwing up all the flights in Europe a few years back.

    That was the biggest suspension of air travel since World War II. It’s mentioned, along with a bunch of other interesting facts that aren’t in the video, in our bonus content tab here.

     

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  10. OccupantCDN Coolidge
    OccupantCDN
    @OccupantCDN

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Sisyphus (View Comment):

    News you can use. Drilling to the magma now.

    I like this idea, but I would want to try it out on a smaller scale at first.

    How do you do this in small scale? You still have to drill the same distance.

    What kind of budget would this have? 4 – 6 Billion +?

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  11. Randy Weivoda Moderator
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    @RandyWeivoda

    Aaron Miller (View Comment):

    I don’t object to the general idea of investing in research to defend humanity against extremely rare, extremely daunting threats like asteroids and super-volcanoes. But leave that investment to billionaires like Gates and Bezos. With success so unlikely and limited to theory, it’s a botttomless pit that taxpayers shouldn’t indulge… even on that mythical day that the US government maintains a budget again.

    It’s a fun distraction, I suppose, from the trillions in debt added just in the past 2 years.

    How could they get a return on their investment?  Save the continent and then ask people to send them donations out of thanks?

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  12. OccupantCDN Coolidge
    OccupantCDN
    @OccupantCDN

    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):

    Aaron Miller (View Comment):

    I don’t object to the general idea of investing in research to defend humanity against extremely rare, extremely daunting threats like asteroids and super-volcanoes. But leave that investment to billionaires like Gates and Bezos. With success so unlikely and limited to theory, it’s a botttomless pit that taxpayers shouldn’t indulge… even on that mythical day that the US government maintains a budget again.

    It’s a fun distraction, I suppose, from the trillions in debt added just in the past 2 years.

    How could they get a return on their investment? Save the continent and then ask people to send them donations out of thanks?

    They get a return by developing technologies that have other applications. For example Elon Musk could develop asteroid interception technologies as a step to asteroid mining – or applying that research to Mars landing program.

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  13. Gazpacho Grande' Coolidge
    Gazpacho Grande'
    @ChrisCampion

    This scared my wife.

    I hope you’re happy, Mr. Senik.

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  14. Gazpacho Grande' Coolidge
    Gazpacho Grande'
    @ChrisCampion

    OccupantCDN (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Sisyphus (View Comment):

    News you can use. Drilling to the magma now.

    I like this idea, but I would want to try it out on a smaller scale at first.

    How do you do this in small scale? You still have to drill the same distance.

    What kind of budget would this have? 4 – 6 Billion +?

    Proof of concept project. Drill holes next to one of the active burblers.  See if it’s even feasible. 

    Do the proof of concept to see if it can work in a practical, real-world example. Then do a pre-scale with a larger number of holes, capacity to cool it down over time.  It would take years to develop something even small.

    But that’s how you evaluate the results, and see if it’ll fly at the next level.  The learning that would occur in the failures of the POC and the pre-scale would probably help justify costs, purely from a seismic and architectural lens.

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  15. Aaron Miller Member
    Aaron Miller
    @AaronMiller

    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):

    Aaron Miller (View Comment):

    I don’t object to the general idea of investing in research to defend humanity against extremely rare, extremely daunting threats like asteroids and super-volcanoes. But leave that investment to billionaires like Gates and Bezos. With success so unlikely and limited to theory, it’s a botttomless pit that taxpayers shouldn’t indulge… even on that mythical day that the US government maintains a budget again.

    It’s a fun distraction, I suppose, from the trillions in debt added just in the past 2 years.

    How could they get a return on their investment? Save the continent and then ask people to send them donations out of thanks?

    The same way they supposedly get a return on their “climate change” boondoggles: Earth survives. 

    Of course, countering super-volcanoes, as much as its fictional counterparts like anthropogenic climate catastrophes, is really just an excuse for graft. 

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  16. OccupantCDN Coolidge
    OccupantCDN
    @OccupantCDN

    Gazpacho Grande' (View Comment):

    OccupantCDN (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Sisyphus (View Comment):

    News you can use. Drilling to the magma now.

    I like this idea, but I would want to try it out on a smaller scale at first.

    How do you do this in small scale? You still have to drill the same distance.

    What kind of budget would this have? 4 – 6 Billion +?

    Proof of concept project. Drill holes next to one of the active burblers. See if it’s even feasible.

    Do the proof of concept to see if it can work in a practical, real-world example. Then do a pre-scale with a larger number of holes, capacity to cool it down over time. It would take years to develop something even small.

    But that’s how you evaluate the results, and see if it’ll fly at the next level. The learning that would occur in the failures of the POC and the pre-scale would probably help justify costs, purely from a seismic and architectural lens.

    Its not like we’re going to open Yellowstone for deep drilling.

    I think the roof of the Magma chamber is between  5 – 17 KM underground, I think we’d want to have a very good understanding of exactly where it is before we drill anywhere near it… The record for deepest well is the Kola Superdeep Borehole in Siberia, and is 12Km deep. (Isnt the way – that all boreholes think they’re superdeep?) it only took 36 days to drill the Borehole.

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  17. Troy Senik Contributor
    Troy Senik
    @TroySenik

    Gazpacho Grande' (View Comment):

    This scared my wife.

    I hope you’re happy, Mr. Senik.

    Mrs. Senik from the other room: “Finally it’s someone else’s wife”

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  18. DJ EJ Member
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    @DJEJ

    Troy Senik (View Comment):

    Front Seat Cat (View Comment):

    That was fascinating. I remember the volcanic ash from the big volcano in Iceland screwing up all the flights in Europe a few years back.

    That was the biggest suspension of air travel since World War II. It’s mentioned, along with a bunch of other interesting facts that aren’t in the video, in our bonus content tab here.

    Ah yes, 2010 – good times. I flew from the States to London for a conference on Iceland Air. Thanks to Eyjafjallajökull, I enjoyed an extra week in London reminiscing with friends, drinking pints of delicious beer, saw Ginger Spice (but didn’t bother her), and visited Highgate Cemetery, where I had a few choice words for Karl Marx and his ostentatious tomb.

    Each day I’d get up, check the Iceland Air website, see that flights back to the USA were cancelled, and go have fun. The more volcanic eruptions the better, I say.

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  19. Sisyphus Member
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    @Sisyphus

    I note in passing that Antifa rioters are cooler than magma and could be used to cool the flow if applied in large enough numbers. 

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  20. Stad Coolidge
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    @Stad

    Bryan G. Stephens (View Comment):

    I have to watch yet, but is it lasers?

    Jewish space lasers, mind you . . .

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