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Old 19.05.2010, 21:28
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economisto: really so stupid?

Some of you might remember that a short time ago I started a poll where one of the options, in response to the devastating ash cloud, was to nuke it. Over the weeks since then the world has caught up, to the extent that it seems now to be the only semi-viable solution to the problem.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/8690513.stm

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...during previous eruptions, explosives have been used to create channels through which magma can flow harmlessly into the sea. "The Icelanders are very adept at doing this sort of thing," he says......would involve blowing a hole in the side of the mountain itself. "It would take something like a nuclear weapon to do it," Dr Allen adds
How do you like them apples?
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Old 19.05.2010, 21:39
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Re: economisto: really so stupid?

all people who wants to use nuclear weapon, even a little one, are stupid.
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Re: economisto: really so stupid?

For red vulcanos, not grey ones.
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Re: economisto: really so stupid?

Not saying you're stupid but go perform a simple experiment for me would you? Go to the kitchen or to the store. Get a bottle of soda. Shake bottle of soda vigorously. Take the cap off the soda bottle. Let me know what happens (pics are good, perhaps engage the services of a helpful friend).
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Old 19.05.2010, 22:13
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Not saying you're stupid but go perform a simple experiment for me would you? Go to the kitchen or to the store. Get a bottle of soda. Shake bottle of soda vigorously. Take the cap off the soda bottle. Let me know what happens (pics are good, perhaps engage the services of a helpful friend).
Read the article - as long as the explosion is controlled and targetted, they are pretty much the only way to control a volcano.
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Old 19.05.2010, 22:29
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Read the article - as long as the explosion is controlled and targetted, they are pretty much the only way to control a volcano.
I'd say it's actually the only way to 'do something' to a volcano, not necessarily 'control' a volcano. You're really kind off of in undiscovered territory. Like Spock, and Kirk, without the homoerotic subtext.
The key phrase there is 'You really don't have control of the situation'.
I can easily imagine all this going sideways and quite badly. For example, let's say it goes 'according to plan'. Now, you have irradiated lava groundwater mixing or irradiated lava reaching the surface and interacting with ice/seawater. Now you have a nice irradiated ash cloud.
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Old 19.05.2010, 22:40
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all people who wants to use nuclear weapon, even a little one, are stupid.
nukes can be low yield = low radiation.

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what about Hiroshima
There goes any hope of an actual discussion on volcanoes.
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Read the article - as long as the explosion is controlled and targetted, they are pretty much the only way to control a volcano.
Yea - like the US Army can precisely identify a target and hit it without collateral damage
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Old 19.05.2010, 23:13
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Yea - like the US Army can precisely identify a target and hit it without collateral damage
Firstly - who is talking about the US army?? Secondly, collateral damage is impossible in a country with no collateral.
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Yea - like the US Army can precisely identify a target and hit it without collateral damage
You wouldn't drop it. You'd have to drill and lower it.
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Re: economisto: really so stupid?

Easier to just nuke the UK.
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Some of you might remember that a short time ago I started a poll where one of the options, in response to the devastating ash cloud, was to nuke it. Over the weeks since then the world has caught up, to the extent that it seems now to be the only semi-viable solution to the problem.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/8690513.stm

How do you like them apples?
Strange... My boss (big time nerdy physicist) and I discussed this weeks back as well and I thought he was crazy for even suggesting it. Guess I wasn't thinking far enough outside the box...
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Re: economisto: really so stupid?

1. There has been nothing devastating about the ash cloud.
2. Even your atmospheric scientist (who knows shit about controlled uncontrolled nuclear reactions let alone controlled ones) states there's no way to control the situation. Such a highly non-linear event would be very unpredictable.
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Re: economisto: really so stupid?

Round up the people from that UK class+Israel Vs Palestine threads and drop them straight into the volcano from a plane. The amount of crap EF people come out with would choke any volcano
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Old 19.05.2010, 23:43
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1. There has been nothing devastating about the ash cloud.
Well "devastating" is relative, but just to settle it: 2.5bn Euro please. Cheque is fine.
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Old 19.05.2010, 23:50
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where one of the options, in response to the devastating ash cloud, was to nuke it. Over the weeks since then the world has caught up, to the extent that it seems now to be the only semi-viable solution to the problem.
Maybe they should let BP try to plug it.. at least the volcano isn't under water.
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Old 19.05.2010, 23:55
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Maybe they should let BP try to plug it.. at least the volcano isn't under water.
It's true - this leaking crust is really vexing me at the moment.
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I really don't understand what all the fuss is about.


Just get a fu@king train.
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Re: economisto: really so stupid?

The only reason that they haven't nuked it yet is that they haven't found the right corporate sponsor. "And today's atomic blast is brought to you by the United States Air Force, in conjunction with Pizza Hut - if you ever wanted to help mother nature and treat your friends to our crispy crust $ 5.99 all toppings pizza- just call 1-800-GO-USAF"

Enola Gay must be itching to be let out of the Smithsonian museum....
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