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2001\09\04@133806 by jamesnewton

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And if anyone thinks that the heated steam thing is not of great enough
power, have you read about the explosion of Mt. Krakatoa?


Krakatoa's paroxysmal explosion was "phreatomagmatic" . Ocean water entered
the magmatic chambers of the volcano when its walls begun to rupture. Super
heated steam built tremendous pressure which, in turn, resulted in the large
explosion of the volcano. The violent explosion of released gases blasted
huge quantities of ash, cinders, pumice, bombs, and larger blocks skyward.
The explosion was followed by the collapse of the volcanic remnants into the
empty magmatic chambers, thus forming a submerged caldera.

Magnitude of the 1883 Eruption of Krakatoa
The 1883 eruption of Krakatoa has been assigned a Volcanic Explosivity Index
or VEI of 6 which rates as "colossal". To be assigned a VEI rating of 6, a
volcanic eruption must have a plume height over 25 km and a displacement
volume ranging between 10 and 100 km3 (cubic kilometers). Eruptions of this
size occur only once every few hundred years on earth.
The total energy released by the four main events of the 1883 eruption was
equivalent to 200 megatons of TNT. Most of this energy was released by the
third paroxysmal explosion which has been estimated to be equivalent to an
explosion of 150 megatons of TNT. To understand the magnitude of the
Krakatoa explosion, it will suffice to say that the Hiroshima atomic bomb
was only about 20 kilotons).

So.... drill into an active volcano without going all the way into the lava
but rather just open a series of holes into the super heated rock that caps
the flow, then inject water to produce the propulsive force.


Really, its not suicidal...

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