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Situated under western US, 217 miles (350km) beneath the Earth's surface
Scientists used world's largest array of seismic sensors to map area
Melting carbon covers an area of 700,000 sq miles (1.8 million sq km)
Upper mantle could contain up to 100 trillion metric tonnes of melted carbon
Its discovery challenges what researchers have assumed about how much carbon is trapped inside the planet
As a result of this study, scientists now believe the amount of CO2 in the Earth's upper mantle may be up to 100 trillion metric tons.
In comparison, the US Environmental Protection Agency estimates the global carbon emission in 2011 was nearly 10 billion metric tons – a tiny amount in comparison.
The area covered by the study includes Yellowstone National Park, where previous research has uncovered evidence of a supervolcano which could also spell danger for the planet.
The volcano at Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming and Montana sits atop a huge reserve of molten rock and last erupted 640,000 years ago.
It releases around 45,000 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide each day.
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originally posted by: TheAlleghenyGentleman
a reply to: IAMTAT
Ah yes, soon to be the great US diamond rush of 2017!
Folk songs will tell of tales of fortunes gained and lost and the bandits that ruined so many lives.
Oh wait, nevermind. The gov-mint most likely would just go in and claim/strip the land for themselves. I just unpacked my bags
low-density liquid carbon contains predominantly twofold-coordinated chain structures (sp hybridization). As the density increased to that of solid forms, bond hybridization increased and threefold-coordinated (graphite-like) and fourfold-coordinated (diamond-like) bonds become more prevalent (indicating sp2 and sp3 hybridization, respectively). These observations are consistent with molecular dynamics calculations that rely on a tight-binding model of interatomic bonding. The fits also suggest that the bond length between carbon atoms in the liquid is significantly shorter than those in the solid, an observation also consistent with simulations.
The paradox is that the new discovery of massive carbon deposits makes the projection made by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of 10 billion metric tons of global carbon emission totally insignificant.
The research also says that in the time to come, the underground carbon will make it to the earth’s surface and move into the atmosphere by means like volcanic eruptions and exacerbate the climate change issue.
mmmmmM, yep, I always hate gitt'n kilt by the measly ol 'super volcano's', no the only kind for me is the Super duper new and improved money back guarantee, color my world Volcanos, yesseree-Bob.
originally posted by: Junkheap
What if this leads to something worse than a supervolcano, like an ultra-mega-super-duper-volcano?
This is another of those things that go into my "Things That Keep Me Awake At Night" basket.