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This is akin in some ways to the argument for and against sending out to the universe probes which give away our position in space. It is a huge risk, to all of humanity, based upon utterly ridiculous assumptions. In this case, one set of people are again making a decision that could affect all of us in the pursuit of further knowledge that is just not worth the risk. A long term relocation project to move people away from that caldera would be much more beneficial, and they could leave the darn thing alone for the most part after that.
originally posted by: BELIEVERpriest
Someone needs to get the Jackass crew back together for one last stunt.
"Hi, I'm Johnny Knoxville and this is 'Drilling into a Super volcano'."
But make sure they wear hardhats and safety goggles. Safety always comes first!
originally posted by: ignorant_ape
a reply to: TrueAmerican
comparing the dome of a caldera to a baloon is the most assanine analogy i have heard
and PS - where would you site the observatory ?? - given the clue is in the name - it has to observe the caldera
originally posted by: jadedANDcynical
For those thinking that pressure can be released in a controlled manner by doing something like this, its nothing like releasing a few kPa's from an over inflated tire; the balloon analogy is much more apt. There is no valve stem to control the release and the amount of pressure from below is enormous.