To save the human race from extinction supervolcanoes are to become geothermal plants. Next move - Orbital Trains

                                                                                                          to Sara Loera

To save the world – and the human race from extinction- scientists propose to drill supervolcanos.

A supervolcano eruption could devastate humanity, the main threat being starvation all over the world during volcanic winter. One way of thinking about ways to prevent the apocalyptic scenario is to make sure we know exactly what is the trigger causing the eruption and to try to turn it off.

So what we can do about the danger and what research we need in order to be able to come up with a working plan - let’s get into it.

The Yellowstone National Park in the US is famous for its hot springs. Through them heat leaks out of gigantic magma chambers under the ground. What is of interest is how we can utilize this heat. The prevailing belief is that humanity can calm supervolcanoes down by cooling them down: there is a threshold in the amount of heat that accumulates inside a supervolcano after reaching which an explosive eruption happens. Therefore to prevent it from happening we need to make a supervolcano into a geothermal plant.

Lets consider this option. We drill far down inside a supervolcano in multiple places. Then we pump water down under pressure. The water is heated deep inside and comes back in the form of steam. We get energy through using turbines and obtain finally electricity.

Sounds well: instead of having a colossal bomb just underfoot we get electricity and can power whatever we want. But this sketch of what can be developed further into a plan raises a lot of questions.

First of all the very belief that if enough amount of heat builds up this causes an explosive supereruption needs to be checked. We need research on this.

  1. Up to what depth do we need to drill down inside? In how many places?
  2. What are provable ways to ensure we take into account all the magma chambers that are in play?
  3. What amount of water will a super geothermal plant consume?
  4. Under what pressure is the water going to be pumped down?
  5. What are risks of damaging magma chambers in an undesired way and releasing harmful gases?

These are questions going into the subject of research work to be done in a way that ensure independent scientists are involved. No research of this kind has been done by far. So we are going to address to professionals with different backgrounds to find out how we can go about organizing this research. The discussion of the research to be carried out is publicly open.

One of the major challenges is to confront the corrosive power of volcanic setting. No material known can stand up to the high acidity and liquids in magma for long enough. Water pipes are not going to last for long and this alone makes any plan to harvest heat from supervolcano almost impossible to implement.

Any of this kind of plan is highly likely to come to a sticky end and effort to go to smoke without us having developed absolutely new materials able to withstand the severe corrosive conditions inside magma chambers.

We face unprecedented technological challenge to create long-lasting reliable materials of absolutely new type. Let’s take on this task and get these materials developed.  First we can turn to nanotubes made from carbon and explore them as well as other options to be able to build on them needed machinery to be used in volcanic magma chambers.

We organize an expedition towards Yellowstone Park; we have to do it right now. If you are someone who is going to take part in it let you know it is the most dangerous adventure on the Earth,  and the time to go there is now. Join Orbital Train community on G+.

Author’s word.

As my mission on the Earth is to show humanity a way to stars we are going to build Orbital Trains around the planet and let billions settle in over there, on orbit.  My mission would not be completed without Space Musical in which people will find themselves flying to stars. And the first episode takes place in Yellowstone.

Volcanism is the very mass killer who has been behind all mass extinctions on the Earth in which entire species of animals and plants died out. The disaster is underway and humankind is next in line. What has happened to others will happened to us unless we find ways to harness the power rising up from the depth. The objective of an expedition is to start arranging things this way.

If supervolcanoes like that awakening deep below Yellowstone Park are to be turned into geothermal plants, electricity should go to our plants where space cars for mass space settler will be produced, shouldn’t it? Besides this spot in North America we have some about 20 of them over there. They are also going to be made into plants. I want the research also to find out friendly to environment ways to operate over there.

Our goal is to make our way to stars so let's go ahead and let brilliant artists gather together in Space Musical and sing about it to make sure the whole humanity has got the message. The scenario of Space Musical is the scenario of you getting to space.

Love will save the world!