Yellowstone WARNING: Nasa admits it has plans to try to stop eruption of SUPERVOLCANO

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Yellowstone WARNING: Nasa admits it has plans to try to stop eruption of SUPERVOLCANO

NASA has revealed its plans to save the world from an apocalyptic eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano.

The space agency has a £2.7billion ($3.5billion) strategy to protect America and nearby nations from a catastrophic Yellowstone eruption.

An unpublished report seen by several media outlets concludes the best way for Nasa to stave off the threat of a super-eruption is to cool down the magma in the chambers inside the volcano.

 

Around 60 to 70 per cent of the heat generated by Yellowstone seeps into the atmosphere, but the remainder builds up inside and, if enough builds up, it can trigger an eruption.

By drilling 10 kilometres into Yellowstone, Nasa believes that it would be possible to pump high-pressure water which will allow the cool liquid to absorb some of the heat, before it is pumped out again.

Not only could this method be used to save the planet, but it could also be a great energy-generating tool.

Brian Wilcox from Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory told the BBC: “Through drilling in this way, it could be used to create a geothermal plant, which generates electric power at extremely competitive prices of around $0.10/kWh.

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