reply to post by tadaman
Alright, just for the sake of debate
1. Such an uplift of the sea floor would disturb both natural gas and fossil oil out of the surrounding sea bed, killing off ocean life for miles in
all directions, as well as rendering potential dead zones on the island itself. There are some enormous stores of natural gas trapped in the crust
that would have risen out of the sea floor. For instance off the coast of russia, disturbances both in permafrost and the sea bed are releasing
millions of liters of natural gas into the atmosphere. Think of this now on a scale the size of texas.
2. Australia and china are not exactly allies, although I could believe the potential for them to want to protect said land mass, it would likely be
out of personal interest. Not to mention the US, as well as other Pacific nations. The sea bed is rich in valuable minerals as well as natural gas and
fossil oil. This new land mass could hold unknown amounts of gold, titanium, silver, iron, diamonds, copper, as well as rare earth metals which are
incredibly hot in todays resource market. The sea floor has a very small layer of overburden making the process of extracting these substances
absolutely preferable over any other deep earth mining. The current issue with this is the miles of ocean on top of them, removing that water creates
a valuable piece of land.
3. Again, this is sea floor we are talking about. Any sediment and soil on this land would contain extremely high levels of salt as well as other
minerals which would take years to dilute and wash away before "fresh" water could accumulate on the surface of said land. Again we are troubled
with the task of bringing soil for things to grow. The material on top of the sea crust would likely be sand and other ocean sediment unsuitable for
growth of produce as we know it. Some vegetation may grow, but as far as holding any nutritional value for people or livestock it would be incredibly
trying. Starchy goods are the staple of both human and livestock diets, aside from grass and other hearty tropical vegetation(not always good for
people or livestock but some can be eaten with a lot of work.) food would be scarce.
Where would the unlimited resources come from? The land would likely not grow anything aside from some grass species and maybe palm species. The soil
would be thin, mostly sandy, highly alkaline and salty. Not to many plants or trees grow in this, and palm trees don't exactly have a remarkable
growth rate to provide wood to sustain a large number of people. Most of the resources would have to be brought to the island the main resources would
be minerals and fossil fuels. The deep ocean floor differs incredibly from that of the shore line. The majority of heavy mineral and saline deposits
are found at the mouth of rivers where they are dumped by currents or the deeper depths in the ocean where there is less disturbance.
The land would not be immediately useable, and would likely be claimed long before a solid crop could grow.
I do not doubt humans would settle this land if it was stable. Such a tectonic event may be que to future events, as well new fault zones around the
land mass itself It could disappear as quickly as it formed.
How would you provide enough fresh water for a population, their crops and live stock. If you are relying on rain water as a source on a salt/mineral
How would the population fend of rich powerful nations after the new raw resources?
What natural resources could you extract from a land that will grow nothing from many years to come to start homes, industry?
Where will the money to extract any minerals come from? Food? Water? medicine? protection?
I just can't see a new nation starting from nothing happening. It would likely become china as they would simply take it. They would pour endless
money into it, and care nothing at all about any practices used to extract rare earth minerals, gold, silver, titanium, diamonds, etc.
I'm simply bringing very valid points to the table. This would be an absolutely enormous undertaking. Starting a brand new nation would cost pretty
much what the current US debt is, and it may not survive.