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(Slate)   Was Dr. Evil correct? Can drilling into the earth's mantle cause a volcanic eruption? Well, no, but let's write a whole bunch of paragraphs about the possibility anyway   (slate.com) divider line 69
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2012-10-04 03:50:02 PM  
Why is Slate stealing from xkcd?
 
2012-10-04 03:54:56 PM  
No. Well, ok, maybe. If you drill somewhere that's contains the right near erruption conditions...

So if you drill somewhere that doesn't have the right mixture of pressure and gasses the answer is no. That's some intense investigative reporting.
 
2012-10-04 03:55:47 PM  

Giltric: Would sand perform like oil or magma?


Yeah, as a matter of fact, Sand performs a lot like Magma.

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/one's German, the other's French
 
2012-10-04 03:57:05 PM  

trappedspirit: No. Well, ok, maybe. If you drill somewhere that's contains the right near erruption conditions...

So if you drill somewhere that doesn't have the right mixture of pressure and gasses the answer is no. That's some intense investigative reporting.


Wait, wasn't that a bad James Bond movie plot?
 
2012-10-04 04:11:38 PM  
Didn't the Russians already do this?
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2012-10-04 04:16:57 PM  
But we're still good to go on pumping the magma into space and filling the Earth with snacks as a gift to the Tallest, right?

I've watched The Crack in the World, by the way. You can find it on YouTube. It's a classic B-movie but still less silly that the more recent one where a geothermal project in New York City (Manhatten) goes wrong and fills the subways with magma before turning into a volcano.

I'm surprised that there is no MST3K or Riff Trax version. The movie is basically a delicate (read: demented) treatment of the issue of middle-aged male impotence in SF form. This is their cup of tea, baby! I'm sure it would be an instant classic for Mike, Bill and Kevin and that they would send it on tour life and in motion picture form.

Speaking of Cracked and movie riffing, the Cracked List of the 7 most unintentionally funny movies lists The Room (a Riff Trax instant classic) as number three, and also mentions Nicholas Cage in a bear suit (a Fark instant meme) in The Wicker Man. Gee, if I had conned to that one, I would have watched it by mow. It must be worse than I thought. Number two is The Happening, another Riff Trax target, and number one, this being Cracked is wrong.

Birdemic is not unintentionally funny. It is intentionally bad. The crappy special effects for the bird attacks are brilliantly awful, though. They look like somebody really didn't have enough money to make a movie and really did not give a fark. It's not easy being bad. Too often it comes off as so contrived you can't enjoy it. In this case, it is so contrived you can honestly admire it.

This makes me wish I had been paying more attention. I could have watched some really horrible movies but now I can't find them because they are buried under scores of even worse movies.
 
2012-10-04 04:55:30 PM  
If the magma is never pressurized, then I guess the gravity of the moon is what causes volcanoes to erupt? It's having a hell of an effect on Hawaii.

Seriously, if the drill was relatively small, the magma that did come up would cool and plug the hole. But if it's a really high pressure spot or a really big drill, I think you run the risk of releasing magma. This might be a good alternative to prevent Yellowstone from exploding. (You're going to lose it anyway.)
 
2012-10-04 05:10:30 PM  
On the case....
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2012-10-04 06:32:53 PM  
While I do believe the 'No' (and while I do like the word magma...) I don't see any reason at all to go drilling into the Yellowstone caldera just to prove it
 
2012-10-04 06:47:08 PM  
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2012-10-04 06:54:23 PM  
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fo shizzle my nizzle
 
2012-10-04 07:34:55 PM  
Lets ask this guy.
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2012-10-04 08:19:17 PM  
Maybe not magma, but it can apparently trigger mud volcanoes...
 
2012-10-04 11:36:09 PM  
This long time farker is the most striking Dr.Evil lookalike ever.

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2012-10-05 02:09:14 AM  

Frehar: Lets ask this guy.
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You ask him, I'll be with that sexy evil Liz Shaw.
 
2012-10-05 02:56:21 AM  

Mose: Every time I read the work "magma"...


It's okay I read that as mangina, then I put my glasses on.

icky icky icky pokang zoom boing: Lava is on the surface, magma is underground. Oil underground is pressurized by gas and would behave nothing like the mantle, which is not pressurized. The mantle is highly viscous. Magma chambers in the crust may be pressurized by thermodynamics. Magma is considered a mantle melt.


I think that magma has two properties, unlike oil and gas it's dense and when it cools it's solid. In Hawaii they accidentally drilled into magma and it just squirted up a dozen feet, cooled off and plugged the hole.
 
2012-10-05 06:09:03 AM  

Wittenberg Dropout: Frehar: Lets ask this guy.
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You ask him, I'll be with that sexy evil Liz Shaw.


The evil twin was always the hottest. Like on I Dream of Jeannie or Bewitched.
 
2012-10-05 04:38:39 PM  
Gott'a get past them first.

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2012-10-05 05:53:03 PM  
Came here for Doctor Who, was surprised at how long it took.
 
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