View Full Version : Cooling Down Super-Volcanoes

08-19-2017, 04:35 PM
Amazing article...

“When people first considered the idea of defending the Earth from an asteroid impact, they reacted in a similar way to the supervolcano threat,” Wilcox says. “People thought, ‘As puny as we are, how can humans possibly prevent an asteroid from hitting the Earth.’ Well, it turns out if you engineer something which pushes very slightly for a very long time, you can make the asteroid miss the Earth. So the problem turns out to be easier than people think. In both cases it requires the scientific community to invest brain power and you have to start early. But Yellowstone explodes roughly every 600,000 years, and it is about 600,000 years since it last exploded, which should cause us to sit up and take notice.”


09-15-2017, 12:45 AM
Good read. Not sure why it would take that long to drill down there though, certainly not a lifetime. I had a dream about this type of thing like 5 years ago but it wasn't about injecting water into the volcano and using the heat release to power generators. It was just about allowing magma to slowly release from the chamber instead of having it all go at once in an eruption.

Old Dude
09-18-2017, 02:10 PM
All we need is a few hundred more years and we've got this.

09-19-2017, 04:02 PM
All we need is a few hundred more years and we've got this.

In geological time, that's the blink of an eye.