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30 January 2008 @ 09:16 am
wayback wednesday: a question for all the scientists and pseudo-scientists and science-fictionists  
Assuming you were a brilliant scientist with plenty of financial and military support, how would you go about reactivating a volcano that's been dormant for a little over a century?

 
 
Listening to: The Essex Green - "Chartiers"
 
 
 
doNUT!donutgirl on January 30th, 2008 03:07 pm (UTC)
nuclear detonation? You know, cuz... why not? It *could* work.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: monkey ballassmonkeydiary on January 30th, 2008 03:20 pm (UTC)
I love the idea of just dropping a big bomb into it (nuclear or otherwise), but I'm unsure if that's enough.
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sleazenationnotbbcnews24 on January 30th, 2008 03:08 pm (UTC)
Well the first question would be 'why would you want to' - there are so many active volcanoes and the extinction of one particular volcano would be at best a massive and unnecessary expense...
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: Ape vs. Jet Girlassmonkeydiary on January 30th, 2008 03:09 pm (UTC)
To impress a girl.
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Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: angel and the apeassmonkeydiary on January 30th, 2008 03:41 pm (UTC)
Giant drills and giant lasers are even better than giant bombs! But which is sexier? I'm thinking the drill.

And I reckon the drill itself would likely be destroyed once it accomplished its task, eh?
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zantimisfit on January 30th, 2008 04:04 pm (UTC)
I would throw a virgin into it.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: green tikiassmonkeydiary on January 30th, 2008 04:05 pm (UTC)
The character in question would be unlikely to waste a perfectly good virgin.
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Kegboy: NsfuWkegboy on January 30th, 2008 04:19 pm (UTC)
Tachyon beams. I dont know what they are but I recall them being the answer to every problem in ST:TNG.

or I'd just post on the Mythbusters website about a myth of a person reactivation a volcano and then let them figure it out. Why should I have to do all the thinking? I havent even had my 2nd cup of coffee, for cryin' out loud!
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: turqoise scareassmonkeydiary on January 30th, 2008 04:20 pm (UTC)
Reverse the polarity of the neutron flow!!!!
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Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: green waitressassmonkeydiary on January 30th, 2008 05:13 pm (UTC)
Project Mikey!
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(Anonymous) on January 30th, 2008 07:03 pm (UTC)
Volcano Re-Activation
Its all about the seismic displacement. Some type of magnetic gravitational field generator.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: green grassassmonkeydiary on January 30th, 2008 07:12 pm (UTC)
Re: Volcano Re-Activation
Hoho, giant magnets sound good too.
ayrmontayrmont on January 30th, 2008 09:31 pm (UTC)
Volcanos are created at the boundries of the tectonic plates, usually where they are being pulled apart. As the plates separate, magma can surge up and create a volcano. Volcanos can also form over mantle plumes removed from plate boundaries. Volcano's go dormat when the plate moves so much, taking the volcano with it, that the volcano is no longer at the plate boundries or over a plume. This is what is happening in Hawaii. As the plate moves the island is dragged over the hot spot, with volcanos forming at various times in different spots of the island but the same spot relative to the mantle plum. It is the island that moves not the hot spot. Volcanos that used to be over the mantle plume hot spot go dormant as they are dragged away and new volcanos form in the new land that is now over the hot spot. The cooled magma from the older volcanos is how the islands were formed and are continuing to grow.

So, to "restart" a volcano you would have to drag the volcano back over the hot spot, either a mantle plume or where the tectonic plates are moving apart. Then, to make sure the volcano forms in the same spot, use a drill or explosion to make a conduit guiding the magma up right where you want it.

Would probably be cooler just to punch a big hole in a plate and create an artificial mantle plume. Obviously this would require more than 1 atomic bomb since the atomic bombs that have been exploded didn't accomplish that.

Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: Luke Cheuh & Teresa MTZassmonkeydiary on January 30th, 2008 09:38 pm (UTC)
Cool! Thanks!

Now, what about the volcanoes that erupt, then go dormant for say a century, and then start erupting again? Why does that happen?
Pallaspallasathene8 on January 30th, 2008 11:13 pm (UTC)
I would build a giant pair of lips, and then I would make them run up and down from its base to its summit until it spewed forth its hot load.
Professor Mortis: LibrarianTimprofessormortis on January 31st, 2008 12:34 am (UTC)
Jeebus-you are a dirty, dirty girl.
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Professor Mortis: Mortisprofessormortis on January 31st, 2008 12:33 am (UTC)
I would launch the Gotengo at it; but failing that maybe just missiles. It worked in Rodan, right?
d_eggman69d_eggman69 on January 31st, 2008 02:11 am (UTC)
Just to impress some chick? If you figure out a way to do it, you should use it as your secret headquarters then apply for a position @ SPECTRE. Then when the 00's or whoever try to break in, you can set the eruption sequence to take 'em all out, insuring that your mind-control lasers don't fall into the wrong hands...
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Kegboykegboy on January 31st, 2008 05:45 pm (UTC)
This thread is starting to remind me of: