Glad NASA doesn't think pouring water on the volcano is a good idea!

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Posted by Beej ( on 08:35:01 09/02/17

In Reply to: From the other side of the 'pond'... posted by 46er

Adding water to hot magma results in steam, and creation of volcanic ash. Think of all the critters who died at Agate Fossil Beds from inhaling pumice and ash eleven million years ago, following one of those pre-Yellowstone caldera eruptions, died painfully at a waterhole in northeast Nebraska.

But tapping the volcanic hot spot at a distance for electrical production and domestic hot water seems to work fairly well. Several fields in Nevada, California, and New Zealand have apparantly been put to rest by being developed for geothermal power. Iceland not so much, because it's on the active subduction zone. Since we don't know the parameters of how close in we can experiment with geothermal development without afecting Yellowstone itself, the hotsprings at Corwin and Island Park are some developers' dismay.

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