NASA Has A Plan To Save The World From Yellowstone's Super Volcano

NASA Has A Plan To Save The World From Yellowstone's Super Volcano

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NASA Has A Plan To Save The World From Yellowstone's Super Volcano

The Grand Prismatic Spring @Yellowstone | Photo: Jim Peaco, National Park Service | Cover: Tupulak

Contingency plans for the end of the world aren’t the easiest plans to make. But that’s not stopping NASA from theorizing as to how to prevent the end of the world.

Related: ‘Swarm’ Of Earthquakes Near Yellowstone Super Volcano Puts Scientists On Alert

In a recent article published by the BBC, writer David Cox points to a recent NASA study that reveals their interest in pacifying Yellowstone’s world-ender “supervolcano” by drilling into its magma chambers and  slowly injecting the chamber full of water to cool it down.

The study was the work of Jet Propulsion scientist Brian Wilcox who discovered that the super volcano in question poses a much larger threat to planet Earth than a potential comet or asteroid strike.

“I came to the conclusion during that study that the supervolcano threat is substantially greater than the asteroid or comet threat.” – Brian Wilcox, NASA Principal Member of Technical Staff (*Quote courtesy of BBC)

The current plan calls for drilling 10km below the surface before injecting hundreds of thousands of gallons of water into the lower reaches of the volcano’s magma chamber and finally– extracting the boiling hot water (662°F). The dig would be justified by harnessing that heat and energy through a Geothermal plant the likes of which the world has never seen.

Columnar basalt near Tower Falls; large floods of basalt and other lava types preceded mega-eruptions of superheated ash and pumice | Photo: Daniel Mayer

The preventative measure, which would be both costly and inherently dangerous, would potentially protect the earth against a potential supervolcano eruption while generating power for millions. Thoughts?

Find the entire BBC article here: NASA’s ambitious plan to save Earth from a supervolcano

 

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