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Trouble in Geothermia:
Staufen, in the Black Forest, was proud of its innovative geothermal power plan that was supposed to provide environmentally-friendly heating.
But only two weeks after contractors drilled down 460ft to extract heat from below the earth, large cracks have appeared in buildings as the town centre subsided about a third of an inch.
That’s not how Tim Flannery imagined things: “All of this would require a new city in the desert – let’s call it Geothermia. What might it look like? I imagine a solar collector towering over a low-rise city, providing shade and conserving soil moisture. Perhaps the infrastructure would be underground. Geothermia would be a city not of thousands but of hundreds of thousands – a place with its own critical mass.” Too much critical mass, as it turns out:
Michael Benitz, mayor of Staufen, said: “Will the earth continue to sink or is it going to stop? If it stops now, then we will have got away lightly. But if it continues, it could turn out to be quite bad.”
A similar experiment triggered a series of earthquakes near Basel in Switzerland last year.
Safer to live in the charming hamlet of Atomica.
(Via Liam B.)
- Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2008 03 31 at 10:13 PM • permalink
That’s not how Tim Flannery imagined things: “All of this would require a new city in the desert – let’s call it Geothermia. What might it look like? I imagine a solar collector towering over a low-rise city, providing shade and conserving soil moisture.”
What might Paco’s “new city in the desert” look like? I imagine enormous Spanish colonial villas, with unemployed climatologists dressed in colorful Indian peasant garb, pounding corn meal and making fresh tacos for the patrones, and the occasional cool night air warmed with mesquite fires in solid stone fireplaces, and brandy and cigars after the beef rib roast, and double refrigerators (freon-cooled, none of that substitute stuff) filled with Mexican beer for the enjoyment of guests who will gather ‘round the plasma TV to watch NASCAR races on ESPN, and every house lit up with incandescent light bulbs, to honor God’s command, “Let there be light”, and four weeks paid vacation for the workers at the local plastic bag factory, and a marksmanship elective at the public high school.
I have this vision of the sturdy burghers standing on a wooden floor, industriously sawing around themselves…Posted by richard mcenroe on 2008 03 31 at 11:26 PM • permalink
So much for German engineering.Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2008 03 31 at 11:46 PM • permalink
“Ve ver only followink ze direkzhons”Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2008 04 01 at 12:04 AM • permalink
OT but really really really stupid so worth a look – these greenies are on the far side
Michael BenitzWile E. Coyote, mayor of Staufen, said: “Will the earth continue to sink or is it going to stop? If it stops now, then we will have got away lightly. But if it continues, it could turn out to be quite bad.”Posted by Spiny Norman on 2008 04 01 at 12:59 AM • permalink
Must’ve been that ACME* equipment.
*ACME Drilling & Excavating, a wholly-owned subsidary of PACO Global Industries.Posted by Spiny Norman on 2008 04 01 at 01:04 AM • permalink
I’ve been involved with the Geothermal wells drilled out at Innaminka, South Australia. It has been said by those in the know (ie Rock Doctors) that as soon as they start pumping water into the formations the release of CO2 will be 3 times greater than that of an average gas well over it’s lifetime.
I don’t know if it’s true or not, but it does sound feasible.Posted by deadparrot on 2008 04 01 at 01:34 AM • permalink
Another global warming related tragedy.Posted by andycanuck on 2008 04 01 at 02:03 AM • permalink
Atomica? You could move to Martinborough in New Zealand and live on Radium Street.Posted by brian_smaller on 2008 04 01 at 02:20 AM • permalink
- I am Gaia,
Hear me roar,
As you’re sinking through the floor,
When you bust my crust
You know I’ll get revenge When you feel that magma flow,
You will still have far to go,
And no-one’s ever gonna keep me down again…
Or, to put it another way:
(When she catches you you’re through!)
(When she catches you you’re through!)
(To the tune of Road Runner)
Montgomery Burns has already done the solar screen shenanigan; wazza
One would be happy to have a solar screen if flannery copped the same exit wounds as Burns.
#23 deadparrot; your point has wings! Hot water flowing over rocks will tend to release CO2 because CO2 absorbtion tapers at higher temperatures and CO2 emissions exceed absorbtion; CO2 takeup is higher at low temp; the effect of running water over the hot rocks will be a release of CO2 which will enter the atmosphere at the top of the pipe.
Why take the risk of having to move spent nuclear fuel around on trucks and rail cars here and there, looking for a place to put it?
It’s a recipe for doomsday disaster.
This time, I think we should listen to our green smokin’ friends and look for an Earth-friendly, Gaia approved geothermal energy alternative. So what if there was a little hiccup in the Black Forest. That doesn’t prove that we can’t find safe, cheap and unlimited energy sources just below the surface…
Take for instance the Toba caldera on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. A few well placed exploratory drills could provide enough energy for the future needs of Indonesia, not to mention the potential to rapidly grow this emerging industry to supply markets well beyond the Asia Pacific rim.
What could possibly go wrong?
#35; I’d be happy if I could spell the sweet thing. Do they make alchoholic splices? Having an alchohol permeated ice-covering of ice-cream would be different from pouring those alchohol syrups straight over the ice-cream. I suppose either would be ok to have while you were watching a super volcano.
Reminds me of this one, Indonesian mud eruption.
And these couple from our induction video at work.
“Liberated when acid mine water
corrodes metal sulphides.”
Better make sure theres no sulphide type orebody nearby…
Methane is a greenhouse gas of magnitudes more powerful than CO2.
“Can be liberated from the sulphide ores
when carbonaceous shale is penetrated”
“When water is removed from the mine”
Again with the sulphides and shale…Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2008 04 01 at 04:43 AM • permalink
Midori Splice (you can now buy this drink like the Baccardi Breezers)I also like Midori sour (Midori and lemon juice, with lots of ice).
#34 Cohenite, I was just trying to make funny when I wrote that post.
But it isn’t any joke when I think a little more about the idea of an awakened ancient caldera. To speak plainly, we have enemies whose method is to use fear to leverage advantage well above their military capabilities. The strategic goal is to force a population to succumb to the will of the aggressor.
I’ll have my foot in my mouth for quite a while over this one.
Guter Gott! Kommen Sie hier der MORLOCKS!Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2008 04 01 at 06:37 AM • permalink
I think it’ll be ace, as long as wronwright is nowhere near it…
remember the lake?
What about the lake? Are you implying my mission was carried out in less than an exemplary fashion?
It had to go somewhere kae. I thought “what’s wrong with Asia?”Posted by wronwright on 2008 04 01 at 08:34 AM • permalink
Geothermia? How are you going to buld a city for hundreds of thousands of people underground without disturbing the indiginous natural rock and soil populations?
Think about the countless billions of bacteria that would be displaced, and the entire subterranian ecosystem that would have to be destroyed.Posted by Jimmy the Dhimmi on 2008 04 01 at 09:58 AM • permalink
Think about the countless billions of bacteria that would be displaced, and the entire subterranian ecosystem that would have to be destroyed.
You’re making a joke, but I am convinced, with absolute certainty, that there are greenies who would make that exact claim.Posted by Spiny Norman on 2008 04 01 at 10:29 AM • permalink
You’re making a joke, but I am convinced, with absolute certainty, that there are greenies who would make that exact claim.
There are people who fret over the environmental damage we’ve done to the moon.Posted by Rob Crawford on 2008 04 01 at 11:52 AM • permalink
Geothermia is sinking!
Sounds like a great album cover.Posted by memomachine on 2008 04 01 at 12:06 PM • permalink
ACME Drilling & Excavating, a wholly-owned subsidary of PACO Global Industries.
It is? This certainly explains a lot.
(wronwright looks around at his equipment, all of which sport ACME logos)Posted by wronwright on 2008 04 01 at 01:56 PM • permalink
And just what might a nice modest condo in Paco’s “new city in the desert” cost? Hmmm, this sounds to me like another time share sales pitch. Where’s the dame from Three’s Company to help hawk the shares?Posted by wronwright on 2008 04 01 at 02:02 PM • permalink
“Will the earth continue to sink or is it going to stop?”
According to my computer model, by the year 2100 the town of Staufen will have sunk over 800 feet into the earth. And as we have learned in recent years, computer models are never wrong.
“I imagine a solar collector towering over a low-rise city, providing shade and conserving soil moisture.”
Sounds like an ideal environment for fungus growth. I hope the inhabitants of your city like mushrooms, because they’re going to be growing on every square inch of ground.
There are people who fret over the environmental damage we’ve done to the moon.
And Mars.Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2008 04 01 at 02:56 PM • permalink
What do you know about the, ummm… incident in frollicking’s link in #39?Posted by Spiny Norman on 2008 04 01 at 03:09 PM • permalink
GFF asked GM officials if there is a danger in marketing fuels and vehicles that are not yet actually in the marketplace, and if such a campaign would raise expectations too high.
“We think it’s important people understand, and hold us accountable for that, in terms of moving forward,” Butler says. “Is there a danger of over-promising? I think it’s a risk worth taking in terms of being able to still communicate what we‚Äôre doing and why we’re doing it.” Green Fuel
Sounds a bit like the Door to Hell.
It does, doesn’t it?Posted by Spiny Norman on 2008 04 01 at 04:09 PM • permalink
O/T: More ethnic outreach from the Reverend Jeremiah “Albatross” Wright.
Reminds me of Banjo Paterson’s Song of the Artesian Water –
And it’s time they heard us knocking on the roof of Satan’s dwellin’;
But we’ll get artesian water if we cave the roof of hell inPosted by Renegade Lawyer on 2008 04 01 at 05:18 PM • permalink
Man, I haven’t had a drink with Midori in it since the 80s. I used to love Midori…Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2008 04 01 at 06:08 PM • permalink
BJM, Paco, re; #11—Sounds like the El Paso Hooter’s to me…Posted by richard mcenroe on 2008 04 01 at 09:48 PM • permalink
Conspiracy theory A48c. Staufen subsides during a pagan ritual, and at the antipodean end in the McLaren Vale, a large wine tank topples over due to possible movement in one of its feet.
Have the loonies made a connection: Is this Gaia’s perverted sense of humour, or is it a legacy due to Flummery having worked up the road? We live in interesting times.
- #65, 68
there are many gates to hell?
imagine a solar collector towering over a low-rise city …