Burr: One day you will thank him for being able to out-run an explosion!
Snort: Another? Its the same damn one they keep talking about.Every mention of Super Volcano is Yellowstone.
Random Anonymous Blackmail: FTFA: Think of the Earth as an avocado, and the pit is the core.Avocados are not round.
KangTheMad: Random Anonymous Blackmail: FTFA: Think of the Earth as an avocado, and the pit is the core.Avocados are not round.Nor is Earth, it's an oblate spheroid.
Burr: KangTheMad: Random Anonymous Blackmail: FTFA: Think of the Earth as an avocado, and the pit is the core.Avocados are not round.Nor is Earth, it's an oblate spheroid.You win this round...but I shall return!
Government Fromage: We need to lit these high capacity assault volcanos
Old Gnarled Oak: I don't have to outrun the super-volcano, I just have to outrun you.
nmemkha: All we need to do is pass legislation outlawing volcanoes./problem solved
Alebak: I mean we COULD go to space, but a self sustaining Moon/Mars base is a hundred years off, easy.
KangTheMad: because if you had read tfa, you would know it isn't a supervolcano yet. The semi-molten material is still only just forming. It's like a really massive stick of butter that's only now starting to melt.
uncleacid: Nice goatse pic.
doczoidberg: That would be awesome. It's time to reduce the planet's population by...oh...about 3 billion.
DoBeDoBeDo: I'm not sure I get the worrying about it part. If Mother Earth wants to wipe herself clean of humans, we are pretty farked. No amount of preparation will allow us to live through something like that.....and who in the fark would want to anyway?Like the prepers. Good for you for surviving doomsday. Now you get to live in a wasteland with very few other humans and little to no surviving infrastructure. I'm not sure WHY you think that's awesome.
BobCumbers: Deep Contact: The main problem is Volcanic ash and it's not like the ash you find on the barbecue: it is made of tiny pieces of rock. If it falls on your roof, your house can collapse under it's weight. If it gets into contact with cars or airplanes, they will break down or crash. Even worse, if you inhale it, the ash will mix with the liquids in your lungs and form a cement-like substance. You'll literally drown in conrete! There are sulphurous gases that turn all rainfall into a blistering downpour of pure sulphuric acid for years to come. There are all kinds of chlorine-bearing compounds, that break down enough of the ozone layer to turn the Sun into a real killer. There's carbon dioxide, the greenhouse gas that not only nibbles at the ozone layer, but also causes long-term global warming. And last but not least, there's soot. A super eruption will darken the Sun, and gradually push the Earth into a nuclear winter for many years, or even centuries, we will have to survive in darkness and cold and no cable TV.I have Direct TV so I'm ok.
dryknife: There are six known supervolcanoes on dry land, while some six more are located under the oceans. Three of these supervolcanoes are in the United States: Yellowstone in Wyoming, Long Valley in California, and Valles Caldera in New Mexico
Deep Contact: Bodies were molded from volcanic ash during the Pompeii eruption.[pompeiidiscoveries.webs.com image 409x281]
brantgoose: doczoidberg: That would be awesome. It's time to reduce the planet's population by...oh...about 3 billion.I think we're quite capable of doing that without any help from Mother Nature, thank you for offering.Many countries are facing a demographic population bust from aging populations (a billion there), there's massive risk of political and economic collapse in other countries (a billion) and then there's climate change and sea-level rise--Bangladesh is basically a giant river delta that's barely above water at the best of times (a billion people could lose their lives due to flooding, starvation or migration).Stay the course à la George "Peanut Butter Sandwich" Bush and population will peak at 9 or 10 billion, then drop by half over the next century or two.We could also face a food crisis bigger than the one feared in the 1970s.The people who mock at environmentalists and other "alarmists" aren't out of the Malthusian woods yet. Malthus never named a date. He's not tied down to any particular resource peak or collapse. All of the quibbles are based on a misunderstanding of Malthus' point or begging the question. Sure, we haven't hit the wall--yet--but he never said WHEN we would hit the wall. He never said which resource would run out and leave us fighting over what's left of a declining pile. He never anticipated rapid technological growth but then again, can you eat computer chips? No. And making them uses increasing amounts of scarce fresh water, reducing the amount of food you CAN eat.We don't need no stinking volcanoes. We are our own nemesis. Of course, the volcanoes, asteroids, solar flares, and so forth are real threats and they'll get us eventually, but not necessarily in the next few centuries--some of them are long shots, not immediate and present dangers.Personally, I suspect that the carrying capacity of the Earth in the long run is about 3 billion--which is about what the population was when I was born. At that level of population we ...
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