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Eveneye--Eegogee--Julzes

I just thought I'd say a hello, since I don't recall speaking to you. I'm pretty sure it's 2338 and deliberately managed by humans, not 2012 and all that, in case there is the slightest worry. Our History channel has some outrageous stuff, so I just thought I'd throw that out there. I know you are too smart to be fooled, but if you can explain me then maybe my opinion will outweigh all the ancients in the minds of people who aren't as smart as you whom you might run across.

I have the theory that the best way to solve the global warming crisis is to hit it hard and fast with a solar furnace placed on top of Ecuador's Mount Chimborazo and fueled by an arbitrarily large array of mirrors placed alongside the Earth's orbit around the Sun with a few additional satellites as optical guides. This could be used not as an energy supply for the society, but rather for restoring a pre-industrial atmosphere at distances far enough from industry. The mirrors themselves could be stacked like potato chips and arrayed robotically. Our NASA engineers have already done more complicated things, and it could be done within two or three years. Let me know if you are aware of a technical problem please.


The Yellowstone Caldera

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pailaway - (an utterly gratuitous link in the evolutionary chain)


Hi Julzes

The array of mirrors seems feasible, but what will the solar furnace accomplish exactly? Or is the caldera itself the furnace and you are wanting to re-ignite it?


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Eveneye--Eegogee--Julzes

A New York Times article recently stated that there is now a leaning toward geo-engineering for solving the problem of Global Warming. Toward the end of the article, it was indicated that perhaps the best way is by directly removing greenhouse gasses from the atmosphere. This requires energy dedicated to the purpose, and I am recommending a single-shot, single-place filter powered by the solar furnace. Then after it's completed its task the furnace could be used in Ecuador for its energy uses and as an economic asset with its neighbors.

The Yellowstone Caldera is what I propose as the reason our history has been planned the way it has specifically. It is known to have been pretty regular in disrupting the Earth's climate itself. It doesn't relate to the Global Warming proposal directly. I don't think igniting the volcano would be very wise at this stage, but knowing exactly when it would erupt could be of benefit centuries from now.

I'm mostly concerned about the havoc that Global Warming threatens. I see the prospects for current relevant economic measures coming up short.


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Eveneye--Eegogee--Julzes

"Ordinary" volcanoes could be used as a desperate stop-gap for Global Warming, but detonating one or two of them is not something I would suggest unless we only have a year to set things right.smiley - sadfacesmiley - smiley


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pailaway - (an utterly gratuitous link in the evolutionary chain)


Ah, now I see - well, good, because I'd be very leery of trying to cool things down by blocking the sun with volcanic ash too.

So, great big filters then - that's interesting. Supposing we could place carbon scrubbing filters strategically and power them, then the next step would be figuring out how and where to sequester the carbon. Wetlands and peat bogs are supposed to be efficient at this.


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Eveneye--Eegogee--Julzes

Right. I'm a little fixated on my very specific Mount Chimborazo idea. I still have to sell that as having a logical basis, which I'm not going to try right now.
I wouldn't want to risk actually upsetting any other ecosystem, so I don't actually like the idea of attempting sequestration. With a strong enough energy source, one could employ some chemistry to change our gasses into useful and relatively inert liquids or solids that wouldn't need to be hidden away. Which liquids or solids and how to employ the chemistry wouldn't be obvious, and I'm well over my head on this subject.


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Post 7

Eveneye--Eegogee--Julzes

Actually, I'm not even sure that energy would be required for anything but starting some kind of chemical chain reaction. I read somewhere that carbon dioxide could be turned into gasoline by passing it over a hot something-or-other.


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