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Discussion in 'Current Events' started by stubeeef, Apr 7, 2005.
A very interesting read. I look forward to hearing the results of this research of drilling into the mantle.
Doesnt this sound a little dangerous? Poking a hole into molten lava (or whatever) in the middle of the ocean. Seems like a prime candidate for some sort of explosion. Or ocean evaporation, or core cooling or something.
Hardly. There are holes all over the earth--they're called volcanoes, and although they can be destructive, many ooze for decades or centuries (or much, much longer, as with the entier Hawaiian island chain) without causing any kind of major destruction. And, those holes (really huge bulges in this molten core underground) are thousands of times larger than this pinprick.
Anything that did happen would cool so quickly that it'd probably be unnoticable to anything but the drill itself. We're talking a hole a few inches across on a planet thousands of miles in diameter and a crust a mile thick--that's like a mosquito bite on an elephant.
Hey! Cool new place to dump our trash don't you think! Just lime sweeping it under the rug.
that made me laugh, and i wonder if it would come to that too
this is cool anyways, but i wonder what good will come of it if anything?
Cheaper lava lamps?
That's a good one!
They may need to drill MUCH deeper. The deepest point on Earth is the M. Trench in the Pacific which is 28,000ft. deep!
There have been suggestions of that. Nuclear waste especially. Drop it under the crust or make sure it gets subducted into a deep sea trench and you won't see hide or hair of it for 100,000 years. At which point it bubbles up incredibly diluted and with all of the nasty stuff no longer radioactive.
Depends on what you're dumping.....100,000 years might not even be the half life of some isotopes...
It is pretty cool, and I'd love to know the temperatures they're going to have to deal with when they get to the barrier.
It'll melt and something will explode?
I foresee a very bad ending to this.
LOL. You think your garbage bills are high now?