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NASA Unveils Plan To Drill Into Yellowstone Supervolcano To Save The Planet

NASA plans to drill into Yellowstone to save the planet from an impending catastrophe.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) said they want to drill into the Yellowstone supervolcano in the hopes to save the planet from an impending eruption. This massive volcano could cause a greater catastrophe than any asteroid or comet.

The Yellowstone National Park lies on top of a vast, ancient and active volcano. The extreme heat pours off its underground magma chamber. It’s responsible for the geysers and more than 10,000 hot springs in the area.

The Yellowstone Park is about 3,500 square miles that sits atop an active volcano.

Source: bigthink

But for scientists, this unimaginable heat could be the greatest natural threat to humans. The supervolcano beneath the Yellowstone National Park erupts every 600,000 years. It has been about 600,000 years since it last erupted.

Brian Wilcox of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) told BBC Future:

“I was a member of the Nasa Advisory Council on Planetary Defense which studied ways for Nasa to defend the planet from asteroids and comets.”

“I came to the conclusion during that study that the supervolcano threat is substantially greater than the asteroid or comet threat.”

NASA scientists found a logical solution to save the planet – simply cool the supervolcano down. Apparently, a supervolcano’s heat is equivalent to about six industrial power plants. At present, Yellowstone leaks approximately 60 to 70 percent of the heat through water, which seeps into the magma chamber via cracks.

NASA releases a thermal image of the Yellowstone Park with the higher heat released in white areas.

Source: NASA

Once the heat reaches its maximum level, an eruption is inevitable. However, according to IflScience, magma is only eruptive when it’s molten to a certain degree. The scientists agreed to reduce the magma heat by 35 percent to prevent a supervolcanic eruption in the near future.

Most of the Yellowstone Park is found in Wyoming, with some areas found in Montana and Idaho.

They want to do this by drilling into the supervolcano’s massive magma source and pump high-pressure water through it. The water comes back up to a temperature of 662 degrees Fahrenheit or 350 degrees Celcius.

This procedure, though done slowly and gradually, would extract heat from the volcano.

Yellowstone features lush forests, dramatic canyons, hot springs and geysers, including the popular Old Faithful.

Source: McElspeth

Aside from saving the planet from an impending doom, NASA scientists propose to use the heated water as a source of geothermal energy. This energy is strong enough to power up the entire Yellowstone area.

Will the risky plan of NASA to drill into the Yellowstone Park save the world?

NASA hopes the plan pushes through. Besides, it’s only a matter of time before the supervolcano erupts. If the plan is successful, the procedure could pave the way to stop other supervolcanoes from erupting across the globe.

22 Comments

  1. David Rowe

    August 24, 2017 at 10:52 AM

    Give Isis a few more ideas you dummies!

  2. Ron McLane

    August 24, 2017 at 10:16 AM

    Iddiots

  3. Joseph Jefferson

    August 24, 2017 at 9:56 AM

    Rowena MichelleRoza Jer

  4. David Rowe

    March 13, 2018 at 5:45 PM

    Give Isis a few more ideas you dummies!

  5. Ron McLane

    March 14, 2018 at 11:35 AM

    Iddiots

  6. Joseph Jefferson

    March 14, 2018 at 11:35 AM

    Rowena MichelleRoza Jer

  7. Mikeal Cooper

    August 24, 2017 at 4:48 AM

    Save the earth by triggering a premature explosion and killing off millions of people.

  8. John Wetteland

    August 24, 2017 at 4:04 AM

    Sounds like a script treatment for a really bad disaster movie.

  9. Tinsy Winsy

    August 24, 2017 at 2:40 AM

    Jobert Gargoles

  10. Adam Schafer

    August 24, 2017 at 1:51 AM

    Is Harry Sampress gonna push the rig?If so Id like to hand him a resume

  11. Mikeal Cooper

    March 13, 2018 at 5:45 PM

    Save the earth by triggering a premature explosion and killing off millions of people.

  12. John Wetteland

    March 14, 2018 at 8:13 AM

    Sounds like a script treatment for a really bad disaster movie.

  13. Tinsy Winsy

    March 18, 2018 at 10:20 PM

    Jobert Gargoles

  14. Robert Caducoy

    August 23, 2017 at 9:53 PM

    Ha.., ha.., ha.., “save the earth..???” by drilling a hole into it..??? dream on but don’t waste our tax money.

  15. Adam Schafer

    March 14, 2018 at 11:33 AM

    Is Harry Sampress gonna push the rig?If so Id like to hand him a resume

  16. Ray Prince

    August 23, 2017 at 6:05 PM

    if it aint broke, dont fix it…

  17. Robert Caducoy

    March 13, 2018 at 5:45 PM

    Ha.., ha.., ha.., “save the earth..???” by drilling a hole into it..??? dream on but don’t waste our tax money.

  18. Amir Imran Azli Zahedi

    August 23, 2017 at 2:18 PM

    If it explodes then America will be hit first soo

  19. Ray Prince

    March 14, 2018 at 11:33 AM

    if it aint broke, dont fix it…

  20. Desmond Foyn

    August 23, 2017 at 1:39 PM

    and some science dude is turning to his buddy saying… hold my beer and check this move….

  21. Amir Imran Azli Zahedi

    March 13, 2018 at 5:45 PM

    If it explodes then America will be hit first soo

  22. Desmond Foyn

    March 13, 2018 at 5:45 PM

    and some science dude is turning to his buddy saying… hold my beer and check this move….

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