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originally posted by: Blue Shift
originally posted by: SeaWorthy
I am pretty sure it has to do with the geography, the locations and weather in the area, the amount of groundwater and any geothermal actions.
Only down so far. If you keep going down, it's going to get hotter because the core is molten.
originally posted by: Flyingclaydisk
Whenever I see one of these stories I am instantly dubious. One has to ask themselves why anyone would ever do this??
Underground bunkers are one thing, but underground cities and hundreds/thousands of miles of tunnels makes no sense. First of all, just the sheer cost alone to build something like this is not even measurable. Secondly, the sheer number of people and material it would require to construct it, and support it, would be such that it would be an impossible secret to keep. Too many people would know. And lastly, who would it benefit? There's only so many elites and politicians. If the idea was to preserve the human race from some catastrophic event like a nuclear Armageddon, then what good is it if no one knows it's there, or where to go? You certainly won't be able to tell the masses after such an event, so unless they know about it beforehand what good does it serve?
originally posted by: LABTECH767
a reply to: Britguy
That is true and correct, however did you know that if properly built underground structures can be far more resilient than above ground structures.
Remember seismic event's shake object's and surface built structures are often built on the shallow foundations or else for larger building's down to the bed rock - but that bedrock may itself be a floating layer of rock above a layer of alluvial deposit but as long as it is stable enough?.
So as the ground shakes up and down and side to side these structures not only shake but can be shifted on there foundation's and by comparison a subterranean structure which is properly built and with earth quakes in mind would simply shake, the artificial cavern's could suffer cracks and if there is a weakness or fault running through them then they can collapse BUT if they are built with this in mind these areas would be reinforced in such a way as to minimise such collapse.
Then you have to factor in why these were built, what they were built for and whom is using them.
There are umpteen claim's about break away civilization, US MIC running amok and doing what it want's, claim's of elite getaways to survive a coming apocalypse perhaps of there own making if they fail in there attempt to kill off the human population through other control method's and even of non human entity's using these and I remember reading a claim that when one of the old cold war control centres was being built in the 1950's the contractors made use of PRE-EXISTING artificial tunnel's they found inside the mountain were they were building the site in what at first they had believed to be natural cavern's (but which may have been decayed ancient artificial cavern's as these more preserved tunnel's were supposedly once linked to them and were relinked once they expanded them), these tunnel's were supposedly ancient and build by someone else so not mine tunnel's but that is of course from a book so perhaps there is no evidence to back that urban legend part up.
But leaving the strange, perhaps implausible behind.
Yes they would build these for cold war reason's and just because the cold war ended did not mean that the apparatus set up to combat the soviets went away, on the contrary it remained and if anything since it was compartmentalized government it got stronger in particular as it was both a controlling element in the US MIC and also because it was a controlling element in the shadow government set up to combat the spread of socialism during the cold war and that grew beyond the control of any democratic government - and which still exists and if anything is even more powerful today.