NASA’s Plan To Save Earth From The Yellowstone Supervolcano

by | Oct 9, 2018 | Headline News | 22 comments


Even though we are constantly being told by scientists to not worry about the Yellowstone supervolcano, NASA is now on a mission to save the earth from exactly that. NASA has ambitious plans to prevent the extinction of the human race by drilling into the supervolcano.

According to the BBC, NASA researchers got in touch with the media outlet to detail the threat lurking beneath Wyoming’s crust and what they think they can do about it before it eliminates humanity.  NASA contacted the BBC after they published an article about supervolcanoes last month.

There are around 20 known supervolcanoes on Earth, with major eruptions occurring on average once every 100,000 years. One of the greatest threats an eruption may pose is thought to be starvation, with a prolonged volcanic winter potentially prohibiting civilization from being able to grow enough food for the current population. In 2012, the United Nations estimated that food reserves worldwide would last a mere 74 days after such an event.

“I was a member of the NASA Advisory Council on Planetary Defense which studied ways for NASA to defend the planet from asteroids and comets,” explains Brian Wilcox of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) at the California Institute of Technology. “I came to the conclusion during that study that the supervolcano threat is substantially greater than the asteroid or comet threat.

NASA scientists approached the “problem” of the Yellowstone supervolcano (the problem we are told isn’t actually a problem and that we have nothing to worry about) from a heat standpoint. They assumed cooling down the supervolcano would prevent its eruption.

Yellowstone currently leaks about 60 to 70 percent of its heat into the atmosphere through stream water which seeps into the magma chamber through cracks, while the rest of the heat builds up as magma and dissolves into volatile gasses. The heat and pressure will reach the threshold, meaning an explosion is inevitable.

And they [NASA scientists] have devised a risky plan that could end up blowing up in their faces.  Literally.

Wilcox hypothesized that if enough heat was removed, and the temperature of the super volcano dropped, it would never erupt. But he wants to see a 35% decrease in temperature, and how to achieve that, is incredibly risky. One possibility is to simply increase the amount of water in the supervolcano. As it turns to steam. The water would release the heat into the atmosphere, making global warming alarmists tremble. –SHTFPlan

The plan is to drill into the supervolcano. “Yellowstone currently leaks around 6GW in heat,” Wilcox said. “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. You would have to give the geothermal companies incentives to drill somewhat deeper and use hotter water than they usually would, but you would pay back your initial investment, and get electricity which can power the surrounding area for a period of potentially tens of thousands of years. And the long-term benefit is that you prevent a future supervolcano eruption which would devastate humanity.”

But Wilcox also admits that this plan is incredibly risky. It could trigger the very event that NASA wishes to prevent.  “The most important thing with this is to do no harm,” Wilcox said, according to the BBC. “If you drill into the top of the magma chamber and try and cool it from there, this would be very risky. This could make the cap over the magma chamber more brittle and prone to fracture. And you might trigger the release of harmful volatile gases in the magma at the top of the chamber which would otherwise not be released.”

Wilcox added that this is along a painstaking endeavor to be undertaken. But he thinks the rewards of drilling into the Yellowstone supervolcano out weight the risks of humanity’s extinction. “Yellowstone explodes roughly every 600,000 years, and it is about 600,000 years since it last exploded, which should cause us to sit up and take notice,” Wilcox added.

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    1. Beaumont

      You have changed the looks of our cities, over the last 20yrs, before turning the nature reserve into an energy concern.

    2. Old Guy

      NASA is the biggest bull shit government agency on the entire planet. Humans cannot mitigate a volcano.

      • Kevin2

        No doubt they’re the space exploration experts but this is geology. I’m inclined to believe that and human attempts would be far too little to be decisive. The energy is enormous, almost beyond comprehension.

    3. Yohan Smythe

      They want money. Whether they use it all for the volcano nobody will know. They might only use 1% for that, the rest for their secret programs. When it still blows? “Well, that didn’t work”.

    4. Nailbanger

      Only democrats could come up with a plan like that,
      Dumber than a bag of hammers

      • Anonymous

        sometimes you just have to overlook politics

        • buttcrackofdoom

          you can overlook politics…..but politics WON’T overlook YOU!

    5. Anonymous

      The geysers we installed long ago are working fine to let off pressure.

      Hasn’t been an eruption since we put them in.

    6. george

      NASA – Need Another Seven Astronauts

    7. rellik

      On the Big Island of Hawaii
      there was a venture to produce
      power geothermally. Recent volcanic
      activity shut it down.
      It did not even make a dent
      in a much smaller and better behaved
      Like Nail says it is more Democrat BS.

    8. Deplorable Neal Jensen

      These morons are pathologically psychotic and suicidal. they should be locked up and silenced for their insane stupidity to think they are going to control the whole of heat from the molten core of earth through the wafer thin crust at Yellowstone. The people are just insanely stupid morons that need locked up. End of story.

    9. The Deplorable Renegade

      So NASA is going to save the nation? Did I just see a pig flying overhead? [SARCASM]

    10. DGore

      I’m all for geothermal electricity generation.
      Let’s keep it from government inefficiency, invite some engineers with grey hair down from Iceland for advice and oversight.
      Keep it private, cordon off 3 or 4 spots for competing companies.
      whether it delays the inevitable or not, it will ease the peak oil problem.

    11. Anonymous

      This sounds like something the Trump Republicans would come of with. More stupid shit and more ways to spend money on useless shit that we taxpayers pay for.

    12. Beaumont

      In the deepest drilling experiments, the borehole became extremely crooked, and the rocks became plastic.

      I don’t particularly believe it is possible to effect change on a planetary scale.

      I do think it is possible to get funding by invoking emergency powers or the name of some monopoly.

    13. B from CA

      Actually the idea has some value. It could work. But when you conduct an experiment you don’t pick the biggest threat to humanity to do that experiment. You find a little volcano on an insignificant island.


      • buttcrackofdoom

        already been done….

    14. All In

      I’m a driller and have heard this being talked about for a few years this is the stupidest thing you could do it is very risky drilling into know pressure that’s where you get blowouts and they currently don’t make a lava proof BOP (blowout preventer) what I thing will happen is that it will just tap it and set it off that’s really the only thing that could happen.

    15. Norrak

      How do they know it’s been 600,000 years since it exploded, they weren’t here to witness it.

    16. Viking son

      If a global volcanic winter were to occur, i believe that (ironically) volcanic Iceland will be the place where humanity survives.
      They are psychologically tuned to live in low light conditions, have geothermally powered greenhouses and infrastructure, don’t mind rangy meat and being an Island, they won’t have the Golden horde to worry about.
      As the descendants of Vikings and with many fishermen, they can come and go as they please.

    17. NOM

      More evolution b.s.
      I have a theory…
      About 4,500 years ago there was a FLOOD.



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