Comes a report that a lake of molten carbon underlies vast stretches of the western U.S.
This is scientifically fascinating. This is the kind of awesome information earth sciences geeks live for. When I was a little kid, I’d have been right on this, learning everything I could and probably hoping it would be possible to dive down and explore the lake someday.
Maybe this is also terrifying when you consider that it’s roughly (very roughly) centered on the Yellowstone supervolcano and covers areas that have been buried in almost unthinkably thick, vast lava flows at at times in their histories.
So how are we supposed to react? I’ll tell you how we’re supposed to react: “Eeek! Eeek! Climate change! If molten carbon ever gets loose, it’ll cause warming!”
People … people. If this discovery is accurate, and if large quantities of molten carbon or gaseous byproducts of molten carbon ever do get set loose … I assure you that warming will be the least of your worries.
In the meantime, enjoy the wondrous human capacity for discovering the unseen.