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(Reuters)   Italian supervolcano located near Pompeii could spew hot, delicious marinara that would threaten millions   (reuters.com) divider line 76
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2012-08-06 09:59:08 AM  
When reached for comment, the volcano replied "I could never destroy Italy. I lava this country too much."
 
2012-08-06 10:12:37 AM  
Aaaaaan we're done here.
 
2012-08-06 11:52:18 AM  
s1.reutersmedia.net

Concerned dog looks concerned.
 
2012-08-06 11:56:28 AM  
It's just a matter of time people --

Fark it

Live well and prosper.... oh and get laid.
 
2012-08-06 11:56:48 AM  
images.wikia.com
/better pray to the household gods
 
2012-08-06 12:00:46 PM  
Scientists plan to drill 3.5 km (2.2 miles) below the surface to monitor the huge chamber of molten rock near Pompeii and give early warning of any eruption from a 13-km-wide collapsed volcanic caldera.

Yea, let's be helpful and give the 'huge chamber of molten rock' an easy route to the surface.
 
2012-08-06 12:01:50 PM  
I told her I don't want to get marinarried, I just want to taste your puttanesca!

www.305ontap.com

/Mama mia!
 
2012-08-06 12:03:13 PM  

Darkrover2: Scientists plan to drill 3.5 km (2.2 miles) below the surface to monitor the huge chamber of molten rock near Pompeii and give early warning of any eruption from a 13-km-wide collapsed volcanic caldera.

Yea, let's be helpful and give the 'huge chamber of molten rock' an easy route to the surface.


Drill baby drill!
 
2012-08-06 12:08:57 PM  

Surool: [s1.reutersmedia.net image 450x300]

Concerned dog looks concerned.


You've never been to Pompeii. The entire site is overrun with packs of semi-feral dogs. They're entertaining, but rather like the canine version of pigeons.
 
2012-08-06 12:11:41 PM  
You scare easily, dontcha, Subby?
 
2012-08-06 12:11:56 PM  

Darkrover2: Scientists plan to drill 3.5 km (2.2 miles) below the surface to monitor the huge chamber of molten rock near Pompeii and give early warning of any eruption from a 13-km-wide collapsed volcanic caldera.

Yea, let's be helpful and give the 'huge chamber of molten rock' an easy route to the surface.


I've often wondered... if volcanic eruptions occur when pressure inside reaches a point that it has to explode out then perhaps if we put dozens of vents in and let everything out in a controlled manner we might be able to stop eruptions.

Also I'm somewhat dismayed to find there's a supervolcano in Europe. I had hoped that when one went off at least I'd be safe. Albeit no doubt in some kind of Mad Max world.
 
2012-08-06 12:12:45 PM  
Is it sauce or gravy???
 
2012-08-06 12:14:37 PM  
Thank goodness nothing like that will ever happen here
www.nps.gov
 
2012-08-06 12:15:24 PM  
collider.com
 
2012-08-06 12:16:57 PM  
Repeat?
 
2012-08-06 12:18:13 PM  
Repent, pray to Mithras!

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-08-06 12:20:28 PM  
Isn't there always a volcano, super or otherwise, ready to erupt and devastate mankind?
 
2012-08-06 12:20:36 PM  

USCLaw2010: /better pray to the household gods


Came for the Doctor Who reference, leaving satisfied
 
2012-08-06 12:21:38 PM  
You have to hit these Blockbuster bombs juuuussttt right.


gremlin.comyr.com
 
2012-08-06 12:24:19 PM  
Another supervolcano looking ready to erupt? Sh*t, the Mayans might've been on to something.
 
2012-08-06 12:24:47 PM  

CapeFearCadaver: Repeat?


I remember a similar thread in AD 79.
 
2012-08-06 12:30:15 PM  
Ware something nice for the future digs.
2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-08-06 12:32:36 PM  

illannoyin: /Mama mia!


I'll say. Damn.

MAYORBOB: Isn't there always a volcano, super or otherwise, ready to erupt and devastate mankind?


Seems like it. Someone should tell this one to chill...the one in New Zealand is on deck.
 
2012-08-06 12:35:37 PM  
FTA: "Scientists plan to drill 3.5 km (2.2 miles) below the surface to monitor the huge chamber of molten rock near Pompeii and give early warning of any eruption from a 13-km-wide collapsed volcanic caldera."


Oh, so it's like there this huge boil on earth's ass under immense pressure, ready to pop and spew its hot, putrid puss at any time.

Whatever will we do?

Scientists: Let's lance that sucker!!!
 
2012-08-06 12:39:09 PM  
The fear, it needed some mongering.
 
2012-08-06 12:41:35 PM  

Slaxl: Also I'm somewhat dismayed to find there's a supervolcano in Europe. I had hoped that when one went off at least I'd be safe. Albeit no doubt in some kind of Mad Max world.


If a supervolcano goes off anywhere in the world, the whole world will feel the repercussions. If/when one goes off, a significant fraction of the global population will die.
 
2012-08-06 12:42:19 PM  

Another Government Employee: You have to hit these Blockbuster bombs juuuussttt right.


golfclap.gif

Way to pull out an old one. About the only time Bugs is on the receiving end.
 
2012-08-06 12:44:54 PM  
So then volcano trifecta in play or what?
 
2012-08-06 12:47:33 PM  

machoprogrammer: Slaxl: Also I'm somewhat dismayed to find there's a supervolcano in Europe. I had hoped that when one went off at least I'd be safe. Albeit no doubt in some kind of Mad Max world.

If a supervolcano goes off anywhere in the world, the whole world will feel the repercussions. If/when one goes off, a significant fraction of the global population will die.


Yeah, the ones that die will be the local ones caught up in the explosion, and the ones who couldn't adapt to the Mad Max world fast enough. If there is one near by then it makes the odds of me surviving to rule Mad Max world very slim indeed, and they were already slim on account of my general unhealthy state and lack of willingness to kill people.
 
2012-08-06 12:50:58 PM  
That dog reminds me of a volcanic ash cast of a dog that died during the 79 A.D. eruption of Vesuvius, only it's not writhing in agony from the super-heated pyroclastic flow of toxic gas.

The Vesuvius region is inhabted by 3 million people, the most densely inhabited volcanic tinderbox in the world, so even a historical eruption could potentially be deadly on a great scale, but a super-volcanic eruption doesn't seem to have happened there in the last few hundred thousand years and probably won't within a similar period of time.

This type of event is one of those "black swans" that Nicholas Nassim Taleb, the economist, goes on about. They throw our blithe misconception that reality grades on a Bell or Gaussian Curve completely out of the window.

Phenomena like volcanic eruptions are more likely to grade on a power curve, like the distribution of wealth between the 99% and the 1%. These curves are fractal in that each part of the curve (especially the extreme end) is fractal--the wealth of the top 1% of the 1% is even more extremely concentrated than the 1%.

I use an Egyptian metaphor for this structure. Most people think of social class (of which wealth is an important factor) as a pyramid. A nice solid, immobile pyramid, solid as, well a pyramid.

But society is more like an onion. It has a massive bulb at the bottom (with some fine roots plunging down into the soil like the homeless and the pariahs of the garbage heaps of Cairo) and some long thin bits that soar up into the air carrying the flowers. Wealth is similarly distributed: the middle and lower classes are the bulb and the upper classes are the flower stalks. At the top are the super-rich--billionaires who have more wealth then half the bulb far below. In the upper class, people may have mere rich wealth (a few million here and there or they may be one of an increasing small number of super-rich with hundreds of millions or billions). The richest handful of people are so unbelievably rich it is not even possible to guestimate their wealth.

So it is with all "power curves". Most of the world's poor use a tonne or two of carbon, while the superrich pick their teeth with more energy than that--they have giant yachts the size of islands that have heated swimming pools on them that use more energy than a village of the world's poor. They put these yachts on flying fortresses and they fly them to Mars ... well, they do something just as bad, not quite that. Their airplanes are the size of mansions, their mansions the size of small cities, their cities the size of countries.

Take that family that built its own skyscraper in India ... please! Before they kill us all.

Eruptions are just like that. Most are piddling, a few are respectable, some are catastrophic and nobody knows what the really bad ones are like because the few people who survive them are living at an early stone age level of near starvation in the ash fields that are all that is left of whole continents.

Still, there's a difference between really horrible--such as four billion people being killed by an asteroid impact--and likely--we haven't seen an asteroid like that for tens of millions of years, perhaps we've never seen one that bad. But, of course, the big ones are so bad they bring the odds of being killed by an asteroid (although we know of no human who ever was) down to a scary 1 in 9,000, which is better than the odds of being murdered in a given year in the USA.

So you can see how being a scientist means you have to be worried about things that you know probably won't happen because they are so much worse than the things that definitely will.

Fact is, global warming will definitely cost us trillions of dollars over the next few centuries, but there's just a slim chance--but a really expensive chance, that some switch will flip, some circuit will blow and it'll all hit us next year--or sooner.

The drought that is currently squating over almost all of the United States and the similar drought in India are black swans. So is the power outage that left 600,000,000 people, half the population of India, without power. Imagine a black swan like that hitting the East Coast of China and you won't be worked up over Obama and the Great Recession any more. You'll be worked up over whether you can get batteries for your iPod, your car and your emergency survival equipment. Not to mention whether you can buy an iPod, a car and emergency survival gear.
 
2012-08-06 12:55:29 PM  
s1.reutersmedia.net
I am too depressed to chase rabbits,
so I'll just lie here thinking about how soon
these ancient ruins dug out of the volcanic
ash will be buried in volcanic ash again.
Vanitas, vanitatem, omnia vanitas.

The world's smartest dog is feeling low.
 
2012-08-06 12:57:53 PM  

brantgoose: That dog reminds me of a volcanic ash cast of a dog that died during the 79 A.D. eruption of Vesuvius, only it's not writhing in agony from the super-heated pyroclastic flow of toxic gas.


mimg.ugo.com
 
2012-08-06 01:04:40 PM  

stonicus: [mimg.ugo.com image 288x288]


Duuuude...
 
2012-08-06 01:06:44 PM  

Slaxl: I've often wondered... if volcanic eruptions occur when pressure inside reaches a point that it has to explode out then perhaps if we put dozens of vents in and let everything out in a controlled manner we might be able to stop eruptions.


Except that it is suspected that what sets off supervolcanoes is the collapse of the rock layers above the large magma chamber. If you reduce the pressure too much, the rock collapses and the explosion happens. If the magma chamber fills too much, it also can fracture the covering rock.

So start engineering to keep the pressure just right, and maybe have to release lava if the chamber fills. We'll just stand way over here and watch.
 
2012-08-06 01:07:15 PM  
My Naples explode with delight!
 
2012-08-06 01:07:47 PM  
Va! Va a Napoli!
 
2012-08-06 01:20:02 PM  

WelldeadLink: Slaxl: I've often wondered... if volcanic eruptions occur when pressure inside reaches a point that it has to explode out then perhaps if we put dozens of vents in and let everything out in a controlled manner we might be able to stop eruptions.

Except that it is suspected that what sets off supervolcanoes is the collapse of the rock layers above the large magma chamber. If you reduce the pressure too much, the rock collapses and the explosion happens. If the magma chamber fills too much, it also can fracture the covering rock.

So start engineering to keep the pressure just right, and maybe have to release lava if the chamber fills. We'll just stand way over here and watch.


Ok fine, hold my beer and watch this...

/end of civilisation.
 
2012-08-06 01:20:36 PM  
FTFA:

One such meteorite impact is thought to have caused the extinction of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago when debris thrown into the atmosphere from the huge explosion plunged the earth into darkness.

lolwut? Does anyone proofread these things before letting the intern hit "publish" anymore?
 
2012-08-06 01:21:40 PM  
oh, never mind, missed the bit in the prior sentence about similarity to impacts. That's what I get for skimming...
 
2012-08-06 01:24:51 PM  
I'm smelling a whole lot of could off that article.

also

illannoyin: I told her I don't want to get marinarried, I just want to taste your puttanesca!

[www.305ontap.com image 664x848]

/Mama mia!


Very nice.
 
2012-08-06 01:36:45 PM  

brantgoose: Snip..


Thanks for the thoughtful and informative post. I'd like to subscribe to your newsletter.
 
2012-08-06 01:38:43 PM  

Darkrover2: Scientists plan to drill 3.5 km (2.2 miles) below the surface to monitor the huge chamber of molten rock near Pompeii and give early warning of any eruption from a 13-km-wide collapsed volcanic caldera.

Yea, let's be helpful and give the 'huge chamber of molten rock' an easy route to the surface.



Maybe the tunnel outlet could be in France. Win-Win, right?
 
2012-08-06 01:40:28 PM  
Thankfully nothing like that could happen in the US...


www.armageddononline.net


/hot like liquid hot magma
 
2012-08-06 01:53:09 PM  
The Greeks and Phoenicians sure had a habit for picking geologically unsound places to build at.
 
2012-08-06 02:11:20 PM  

Oostertoaster: USCLaw2010: /better pray to the household gods

Came for the Doctor Who reference, leaving satisfied


Almost satisfied. What with the whole drilling-into-highly-pressurised-magma bit, I'm still expecting a Third Doctor pic.

/would do it myself, but I kinda suck at that
 
2012-08-06 02:14:00 PM  
Cue the Siberian Traps...
saturniancosmology.org
 
2012-08-06 02:19:16 PM  

Yaxe: The Greeks and Phoenicians sure had a habit for picking geologically unsound places to build at.


Phoenicians pronounced "Venetians" like the blinds
or the papers that bear it's name PHONIX

ecx.images-amazon.com
 
2012-08-06 02:23:41 PM  
I just read Bill Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything. The bit about supervolcanoes and Yellowstone Park and the tectonic plates slowly sinking and raising continents held me in absolute thrall. Moar fear-mongering, MOAR!
 
2012-08-06 02:36:28 PM  

CygnusDarius: Repent, pray to Mithras!


I prefer Bacchus; god of wine.
 
2012-08-06 02:39:37 PM  

Amos Quito: FTA: "Scientists plan to drill 3.5 km (2.2 miles) below the surface to monitor the huge chamber of molten rock near Pompeii and give early warning of any eruption from a 13-km-wide collapsed volcanic caldera."


Oh, so it's like there this huge boil on earth's ass under immense pressure, ready to pop and spew its hot, putrid puss at any time.

Whatever will we do?

Scientists: Let's lance that sucker!!!


Nah, that region is closer to the Earth's taint. The middle east would be the Earth's ass while we're the Earth's cock.
 
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