Throwing nuclear waste down the mouth of a volcano is like praying for an eruption.
Even if it didn't erupt right away, any time within a few
hundred thousand years, and you just blanketed X square miles with radioactive sludge. I wouldn't put my name to that idea, personally. And if you
decide to go ahead, lemme know where, so I can far upwind.
Edit: Ohhhh, other planets.
Oops. Well, I think it's kind of rude to polute
the universe, there is probably a better way to dispose of waste, like bacteria for example.
Your idea about hydroponic facilities in fresh water bodies has a lot of merit, it's an excellent idea. I don't think it would be cost effective in
the current economy, where low price foreign products crush opposition, but I love the idea nontheless.
Salt water platforms are a possibility as well, consider commercial desalination and the amount of sea we have to work with. Signifigantly greater
than the fresh water sources.
I love the idea of hydro food, it will be the future, IMO. With advances in automation, you could operate huge facilities with just a skeleton crew
of engineers and such. It would increase profitability over the long term, while fueling the robotics and plastics sectors of the economy. You'd be
better off doing it now, while plastic is still reasonable in cost, when the oil gets scarce, plastics will NOT be cheap. Of course, if you operate a
platform in international waters you can grow hemp, and use it to create resin/plastic, strong as any other plastic. Could work quite well. You
could also burn hemp seed oil (biomass) in the generators to get more use out of the crop. And you can eat it, and wear it....
So, a huge, sprawling hemp field in open waters would be almost completely self sustaining. Grab a little extra energy from solar and hydro power,
and your energy needs would be met. Use whatever space remains to grow vegetables and fruit, both for consumption and export.
It's an idea worth considering.
[edit on 7-5-2005 by WyrdeOne]