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Monday, August 10, 2015

The Vastator Beneath Yellowstone

They keep telling the public not to worry, even as they apparently are trying to worry them.

Two really important things you need to know if you browse Vault-Co regularly :

1. Nuclear weapons are not capable of hefting enough ash sufficient to cause a winter lasting more than a few years at most. They are not physically capable of getting the ash high enough to saturate the troposphere and block sunlight entirely where it enters the Earth's biosystem. The ash that comes from them might be deadly toxic and radioactive for years but will not last centuries as fearmongers have often asserted. The nature of nuclear fallout means its half-life will be short compared to other sources of radioactivity. A nuclear war could ruin quite a few growing seasons but the Sun would be back in a few years.

2. Even the smallest supervolcano, forty of which appear to have recently become active again after millennia of being dormant ... is easily capable of blotting the Sun out of the sky and bringing on an eternal frigid night that might last many decades. The ash that comes from supervolcanos is not only capable of burying entire continents under an ash blanket, this ash is one of the deadliest and most toxic air pollutants ever discovered when it come to oxygen breathing life. It is similar to a liquid aerosol of concrete that can harden inside the lungs when breathed literally petrifying men from the inside. This is in addition to possibly being remarkably poisonous and radioactive as well. Where it settles it initially poisons the soil, ironic because eventually it creates the most fertile soil for agriculture of them all.

I recommend you prepare for either or both when constructing a Vault. I'd keep both in mind when you are designing it to be prepared for any eventuality. The same baffles used to keep out fallout ash are just as good against volcanic ash.

I believe that the eruption of Toba 80,000 years ago that led to a bottleneck of less than a few thousand people on Earth was not accidental or natural. I think it resembles no other eruption in the geological record and appears to have had no precursors. It looks like an implosion vaporized the cap instantly and released the contents with such force that a large part of the planet beneath was fired into outer space at escape velocity. I am sure it was heard around the entire planet when it detonated. It is possible that in the next war an enemy will pursue the exact same outcome against the United States by deliberately targeting the already precarious Yellowstone. Imagine a nuclear war that also incorporates a supervolcano eruption. You will be glad you stocked a little more food in the shelter with this possibility in mind.

7 comments:

bicebicebice said...

http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/features/fluoride-childrens-health-grandjean-choi/

Aeoli Pera said...

OT: It appears to me that we Earthlings are reliving a possible version of the neanderthal extinction event. There was a worldwide culture then, and there is a worldwide culture now. The 3rd-world birthrate is going through the roof and they are beginning to flood into the white nations, which have taken the bait and lowered their walls. I'm imagining an ur-melon and ur-neanderthal having a little tea party...

Melon: Hey, you know how we're double-dating at your place this weekend? I thought I'd introduce you to a couple of new friends.
Thal (grinning ear-to-ear like an idiot): Sure, I can feed a couple of your friends, and the more the merrier!
Melon: How ironic, and "more" is certainly right...
Thal (still grinning): What do you mean by that?
Melon: Oh, you'll see...

Then a million zombies show up.

Aeoli Pera said...

Also OT: another Amud thal by your version vs. Koanic's. Philippe Rushton.

http://www.quotationof.com/images/j-philippe-rushton-6.jpg

scipioafricanus said...

Would ash from the Yellowstone super volcano spread to the southern hemisphere as well?

Texas Arcane said...

@scipio

Yes, although the article linked to says it wouldn't. I have no idea why they would say that when the fossil record proves them wrong.

Previous supervolcano eruptions smaller than the one brewing at Yellowstone have effectively thrown a black screen over every inch of the entire planet for decades. This has ended up deposited worldwide all over the planet as a thin black line in the soil layers and has been discovered in core samples taken from the ocean floor. I forget the exact number but in the last 100,000 years there have been at least five of these thick black lines including Toba. Humans must have survived these previously which proves they are far tougher and more resourceful than most modern people could even imagine. The average person believes a capuccino shortage would spell the end of all mankind but the historical record shows that people have always survived these things.

Grogard said...

You can prepare for a nuclear war as long as you are not by a military base that will get nuked. I don't think anything will help you if a supervolcano goes off and dumps 100 feet of ash on you, that's a mass extinction event. Yet they are rare events and I would worry about ice age long before a supervolcano. Of course, it could well be that heading towards the ice age affects the earth's crust enough to set them off.

Ja D said...

Fun and games to come.

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