NASA Unveils Plan To Stop Yellowstone "Supervolcano" Eruption, There's Just One Catch

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A NASA plan to stop the Yellowstone supervolcano from erupting, could actually cause it to blow... triggering a nuclear winter that would wipe out humanity.

As we have detailed recently, government officials have been closely monitoring the activity in the Yellowstone caldera.

However, as's Mac Slavo details, scientists at NASA have now come up with an incredibly risky plan to save the United States from the super volcano.

A NASA scientist has spoken out about the true threat of super volcanoes and the risky methods that could be used to prevent a devastating eruption. Lying beneath the tranquil and beautiful settings of Yellowstone National Park in the US lies an enormous magma chamber, called a caldera. It’s responsible for the geysers and hot springs that define the area, but for scientists at NASA, it’s also one of the greatest natural threats to human civilization as we know it.

Brian Wilcox, a former member of the NASA Advisory Council on Planetary Defense, shared a report on the natural hazard that hadn’t been seen outside of the agency until now. Following an article published by BBC about super volcanoes last month, a group of NASA researchers got in touch with the media to share a report previously unseen outside the space agency about the threat Yellowstone poses, and what they hypothesize could possibly be done about it.

“I was a member of the NASA Advisory Council on Planetary Defense which studied ways for NASA to defend the planet from asteroids and comets,” explains Brian Wilcox of Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) at the California Institute of Technology.  


“I came to the conclusion during that study that the supervolcano threat is substantially greater than the asteroid or comet threat.”

Yellowstone currently leaks about 60 to 70 percent of its heat into the atmosphere through stream water which seeps into the magma chamber through cracks, while the rest of the heat builds up as magma and dissolves into volatile gasses. The heat and pressure will reach the threshold, meaning an explosion is inevitable. When NASA scientists considered the fact that a super volcano’s eruption would plunge the earth into a volcanic winter, destroying most sources of food, starvation would then become a real possibility.  Food reserves would only last about 74 days, according to the UN, after an eruption of a super volcano, like that under Yellowstone.  And they have devised a risky plan that could end up blowing up in their faces.  Literally.

Wilcox hypothesized that if enough heat was removed, and the temperature of the super volcano dropped, it would never erupt. But he wants to see a 35% decrease in temperature, and how to achieve that, is incredibly risky. One possibility is to simply increase the amount of water in the supervolcano. As it turns to steam. the water would release the heat into the atmosphere, making global warming alarmists tremble.

“Building a big aqueduct uphill into a mountainous region would be both costly and difficult, and people don’t want their water spent that way,” Wilcox says. “People are desperate for water all over the world and so a major infrastructure project, where the only way the water is used is to cool down a supervolcano, would be very controversial.”

So, NASA came up with an alternative plan. They believe the most viable solution could be to drill up to 10km down into the super volcano and pump down water at high pressure. The circulating water would return at a temperature of around 350C (662F), thus slowly day by day extracting heat from the volcano. And while such a project would come at an estimated cost of around $3.46 billion, it comes with an enticing catch which could convince politicians (taxpayers) to make the investment.

“Yellowstone currently leaks around 6GW in heat,” Wilcox says. “Through drilling in this way, it could be used to create a geothermal plant, which generates electric power at extremely competitive prices of around $0.10/kWh. You would have to give the geothermal companies incentives to drill somewhat deeper and use hotter water than they usually would, but you would pay back your initial investment, and get electricity which can power the surrounding area for a period of potentially tens of thousands of years. And the long-term benefit is that you prevent a future supervolcano eruption which would devastate humanity.”

Of course, drilling into a super volcano comes with its own risks, like the eruption that scientists are desperate to prevent. Triggering an eruption by drilling would be disastrous.

“The most important thing with this is to do no harm,” Wilcox says.


“If you drill into the top of the magma chamber and try and cool it from there, this would be very risky. This could make the cap over the magma chamber more brittle and prone to fracture. And you might trigger the release of harmful volatile gases in the magma at the top of the chamber which would otherwise not be released.”

The cooling of Yellowstone in this manner would also take tens of thousands of years, but it is a plan that scientists at NASA are considering for every super volcano on earth.

“When people first considered the idea of defending the Earth from an asteroid impact, they reacted in a similar way to the supervolcano threat,” Wilcox says.


“People thought, ‘As puny as we are, how can humans possibly prevent an asteroid from hitting the Earth.’ Well, it turns out if you engineer something which pushes very slightly for a very long time, you can make the asteroid miss the Earth. So the problem turns out to be easier than people think. In both cases it requires the scientific community to invest brain power and you have to start early. But Yellowstone explodes roughly every 600,000 years, and it is about 600,000 years since it last exploded, which should cause us to sit up and take notice.

So what would happen?

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GoinFawr's picture


The 'berm and plug' were not working. That mess was leaching contaminants and  poisoning the surrounding watershed that thousands depend on, for decades.

Try again, and this time start with the cleanup 'efforts' of those actually responsible for the mess, and walking away from it, in the first place; you disingenuous turd.


Xredsx's picture

Well, we do like our steam engines, don't we? A nuclear power station is just a very expensive steam engine. It isn't as clean as they say it is because it creates waste. We can turn yellowstone park into a giant powerstation. It will do until someone realises that there are more effect substances than water.

truthalwayswinsout's picture

It is a very good idea. We have the ability to do it and it would create a massive amount of free energy.  We also have the ability to avoid cooling from the top.

db51's picture


Tulak's picture


ORANGE FAKE 45 PRESIDENT will save us all!

NoPension's picture

It would solve the global please....climate change problem, if she blows.

Build more Teslas. That should work.

Herp and Derp's picture

Oh, I thought we would have to sacrifice Kurt Russell or Bruce Willis.  Thank god it's only a chance to blow up the whole world or create a nuclear winter, carry on then.

Rich Monk's picture

Anything the government does turns into a massive disaster that "we" pay for! Perhaps instead they just film a fake "success" aka - moon landing, and tell us it came out OK?

MaxThrust's picture

Paging Stanley Kubrick, .................Stanley were are you?

Stanley is dead Sir, ...........oh bollocks we're screwed.

Zero-Hegemon's picture

Why not put the Fed in charge of the caldera? We'll be out of magma in five years.

Grandad Grumps's picture

Bullshit ... the entire premise is B/S intended to either scare us or cause the cataclysm they say they want to avoid (think Federal Reserve)

Dating accuracy within 1% is 6000 years. Then clown patrol is probably not near that close. We will have better technology in 50 year, maybe even better in 5000 years.

JMHO, NASA should be dismantled for all the lies they told us. Only an idiot would believe them now.

Yen Cross's picture

  Throw that fat bastard Al Gore down the crater.  That should plug the hole long enough for the DC tards to build enough FEMA trailers in Antartica.

truthalwayswinsout's picture

Al needs to volunteer to go down the hole because he needs to set an example for the rest of us and I ask: what better way?


jimmy c korn's picture

How bout  Rosie O'Donnell and Michael Moore volunteer. Think that'll be enough fat? They want to get away from Trump you know.

oDumbo's picture

Better throw on Hitlery just to be sure.

Zero-Hegemon's picture

Y'all keep it up you're going to give that super volcano a bad case of indigestion, then we're all doomed

Tiwin's picture

However, as's 


Stopped reading right there Tyler, sorry.

ironmace's picture

This sounds like something Wile E. Coyote would think up.

AurorusBorealus's picture

So there is a great burning lake of fire under the earth at Yellowstone, and it could open plunging the world into darkness.  This all sounds very familiar somehow: like I read about it in a famous book.

True Blue's picture

C'mon eclipse; daddy needs a new pair of shoes (made from poorly cured rabbit skin and Mack truck tires.)

currency's picture

Don't Tamper with Nature. High Risk by Nasa and if it goes wrong? Will the Nasa crowd be there to expereince or will they be in Florida trying to explain what went wrong.


take a look at the maps that show the destruction form the eruption and ash.


PeeramidIdeologies's picture

Just tell the reptilians to take it down a notch. My balls were in a bird bath last night as it was.

attila404's picture

Government operation. Ahhhh fuck. We're all gonna die.

sinbad2's picture

Geothermal is great, very little polution, and almost free energy.

Griffin's picture

A large eruption at Yellowstone could kill everything that walks or crawls on the face of the earth.

This is idea, to exploit this volcano by deep drilling it and fracking is insane.


tmosley's picture

No, it couldn't.

It couldn't even wipe out humanity. Current society, or even technological civilization, but not all humans, and CERTAINLY not all animal life.

Yen Cross's picture

You are correct... Humanity wouldn't be wiped out. NOT even close

 What most people don't realize, is that they have Dinosaurs living right outside their screen doors.

  Reptiles and Anthripods shrunk in size, because of changes in the GAS content of Earths atmosphere.

  More oxygen aids in metabalism. [right down the whole spectrum of life]  Even the plants utilize oxygen as water, to fuel their nutrient uptake.

  The so called greenhouse gasses help to preserve Earths atmosphere, and the very thin layer that Humams exist in.  0-10,000 feet without adjustment, and in good health.

gregga777's picture

Water vapor at 10,000 to 40,000 parts per million is the "greenhouse" gas. Lots of Carbon dioxide (even at 400 ppm) just makes plants grow and that's about it.

Griffin's picture

So you are saying that humans will be ok, they will just shrink in size...


When volcanoes erupt, they eject lots of volcanic material into the atmosphere, like sulphur dioxide for example.

This picture was taken of the sun rising in Reykavík during the Holuhraun eruption.

The strange colours you see are because of airborne volcanic material, mostly sulphur dioxide.


Sulphuric dioxide has a cooling effect when ejected to the stratosphere because it deflects sunlight back into space.


Benjamin123's picture

The only thing that shrinks with lower oxygen levels are insects. They do not breathe. The absorb oxygen through their skins/shells.

With less oxygen they have to increase their surface/volume ratio to compensate.

1.21 jigawatts's picture

They're gonna release Cthulu and then say "sorry."

1.21 jigawatts's picture

Oh and pray to God that they don't use Halliburton as a subcontractor!

Griffin's picture

Stupidity on this level is impossible, even for humans. So i would guess this will never happen.

just the tip's picture

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.   -  Albert Einstein

what is this level you speak of?

all-priced-in's picture

The team solving this problem needs to have extreme diversity in order to be successful  - it is far more important that knowing about science.

Mostly women of color - with various religious and ethnic backgrounds - a few white women would be OK as long as at least half have a penis but of course still identify as female, the rest need to at least be lesbians.


You could have a few men - but at least 60% need to have been born female but now identify as male - the more flaming gays the better (this should not even need to be said - it should just be understood).


Maybe only have one straight white man on the team - just in case you need someone to blame later on - 



It is our only chance -




gregga777's picture

Exactly. Can't let anything like merit or competence impede the Great American MORONOCRACY!

silverer's picture

Here's one where NASA can give the credit to the musloids if things go wrong.

Whatta's picture

Frack that bad boy volcano!

Blow us up. It's better than thousand paper cut death by our idiot politicians and Soros.

silverer's picture

Let's see: pump water onto super hot magma. Super hot steam? Little pressure there, no? Aw, go ahead! Everybody wants to see what happens! lol

MrSteve's picture

I once read the Russkies shut down Chernobyl's meltdown by pumping liquid nitrogen underneath the melting down core.

ItsAllBollocks's picture

Why not open Yellowstone to fracking? Makes about as much sense.

Is this thinking pattern the result of higher education?

just the tip's picture

aw fuck, musk is gonna see this isn't he?

Peterman333's picture

eff him, nobody from Detroit would design pop out door handles just to be cool because they know as soon as the door freezes in a Michigan ice storm and you pull on this shit it's going to break the f off, then you're going to look cool getting in your fancy car from the passenger side.