There are tons of apocalypse scenarios that are being developed every day and every one of them brings a new theory.
There are assumptions about the impact of large asteroids, drug-resistant disease outbreaks, and more.
There are basically a lot of theories that describe how humanity can meet its maker. One of the least talked-about theories is the real possibility of a supervolcano springing to life and throwing our planet’s ecosystem into chaos.
There is one such supervolcano right under our noses, and it’s the one located just beneath Yellowstone National Park.
The massive amount of superheated liquid rock that boils under out feet powers Old Faithful and the other geothermal activity in the area.
One day, this activity could shift from a tourist attraction to a catastrophe and NASA is reportedly working to figure out how humanity could survive this if it were to happen.
BBC reported that NASA has been working at finding all kinds of possible countermeasures to the eruption of a supervolcano.
For instance, one such option is to chill the volcano out far in advance of a potential eruption, but this would be extremely difficult.
NASA researchers claim that the threat of a Yellowstone supervolcano could be mitigated if roughly 35% of its heat could be efficiently transferred.
Experts have even proposed that pumping water into the volcano could turn out a useful measure to solve the problem.
NASA’s proposal would involve building a massive geothermal plant that would be able to pump water into a hole that has been drilled a few miles into the volcano.
The water would then come back at an extremely high temperature, and it could then be harnessed to generate electricity, helping to offset the estimated $3.46 billion investment.
As a conclusion, considering that the past research is suggesting that Yellowstone’s supervolcano could come to life quicker than previously thought, it might be a good idea to start finding viable solutions now.
Rada attended the courses in the Faculty of Letters, Romanian-English section, and finished the Faculty of Theatre and Television, Theatrical Journalism section, both within the framework of Babeş-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca. Up till now, she reviewed books, movies, and theatre-plays, enjoying subjects from the cultural niche. Her experience in writing also intersects the IT niche, given the fact that she worked as a content editor for firms that produce software for mobile devices. She is collaborating with online advertising agencies, writing articles for several websites and blogs.