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paul.fr

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Volcano's used for landfill.
« on: 04/10/2007 00:50:17 »
Could we use volcano's as a dumping ground for our rubbish?


 

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Volcano's used for landfill.
« Reply #1 on: 04/10/2007 01:40:59 »
You mean active ones to burn it all up or inactive ones???
 

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Volcano's used for landfill.
« Reply #2 on: 04/10/2007 01:55:34 »
There are plenty of sites we can still use for landfill - it is just that people get squeamish about landfill.  The most obvious is, if we believe we are at risk from rising seas due to global warming, then we might be able to use rubbish as a means of land reclamation (ofcourse, land reclamation is also somewhat out of favour at present).

As far as volcanoes are concerned - active ones would have the problem that it is likely to thrown everything back up in the air next time it erupts.  For dead volcanoes, it is just another mountain (even the craters at the top will have eroded, and will have their own ecosystem that would be disrupted by the landfill).

 

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« Reply #3 on: 04/10/2007 03:02:00 »
George wouldn't an active one disintegrate everything before up chucking it back at us! LOL
 

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« Reply #4 on: 04/10/2007 04:13:16 »
George wouldn't an active one disintegrate everything before up chucking it back at us! LOL

I am sure there would be people who could give better details than I, but firstly no two volcanoes are the say (some are very explosive, and will blast some of the material up in the air before it get a chance to burn, while others will just slowly incinerate it); but even where the material is incinerated, it will not be under the controlled conditions under which an incinerator would do so.
 

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« Reply #5 on: 04/10/2007 04:21:35 »
wouldn't it release all kinds of awful gases?
 

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« Reply #6 on: 04/10/2007 05:06:09 »
wouldn't it release all kinds of awful gases?

Almost certainly, yes - but then it could be argued that by nature volcanoes can anyway release all sorts of noxious gases, so I suppose one can ask whether it would be any worse (although that rather depends on the volcano).
 

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« Reply #7 on: 04/10/2007 05:20:15 »
I NEVER THOUGHT ABOUT THAT!
 

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