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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Why You Have To Go Underground After A Supervolcano Eruption

The surface is toxic for over a decade afterwards with a half dozen compounds that arrive with the ash. The soil is too poisonous to grow anything on for a while and if you believe the evidence about the event that wiped out the Clovis people in North America, no drinkable water is available anywhere if it is exposed to the air.

The end of the Holocene is marked by supervolcano eruptions, usually at the outset. That would be right about now.

3 comments:

cheddarman said...

If we were rational, society would be working on ways to vent the volcanoes slowly over time. Probably not gonna happen!

Sam said...

"If we were rational, society would be working on ways to vent the volcanoes slowly over time. Probably not gonna happen!"

I think you're right. I had the same idea. I bet if we slowly leaked the gas out of Yellowstone it, obviously, couldn't erupt. Of course the problem is what if we make a mistake and the slow leak...becomes an eruption? Nobody wants to be blamed for this even if waiting for it to erupt by itself meant a bigger eruption.

The same thing could be said about earthquakes and fracking. The people in the mid west are upset about fracking causing minor quakes but minor ones only means pressure was being released that would eventually be major quakes. Might be interesting to frack the California faults a little at a time. Let small sections slip so that a large one doesn't go all at once. Of course the same problem is you could be blamed if it did hurt anything.

Gary said...

The survival of humans during such events (in the middle of the Cambrian ice age) is incredible.

It surely wouldn't be possible without some divine assistance along the way.

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