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  1. Standard member sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    07 Jul '13 14:06
    http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/high-speed-geology-violent-seismic-activity-tearing-africa-in-two-a-740641.html

    The continents are on the move again.
  2. 07 Jul '13 15:58
    The rift valley is nothing new, though the recent activity is faster than geologists expected.

    Reading the article made me wonder why we don't use geothermal power more. Does anyone know what makes it expensive? Surely being virtually free heat, it should be by far the cheapest? Its also the greenest.
    This is taking place in the poorest corner of Africa, surely harnessing it could be an economic boom?
  3. Standard member RJHinds
    The Near Genius
    07 Jul '13 17:14
    Originally posted by twhitehead
    The rift valley is nothing new, though the recent activity is faster than geologists expected.

    Reading the article made me wonder why we don't use geothermal power more. Does anyone know what makes it expensive? Surely being virtually free heat, it should be by far the cheapest? Its also the greenest.
    This is taking place in the poorest corner of Africa, surely harnessing it could be an economic boom?
    Developing the technology may be too expensive compared to the current developed sources of energy available.

    The Instructor
  4. Standard member sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    07 Jul '13 17:16 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by RJHinds
    Developing the technology may be too expensive compared to the current developed sources of energy available.

    The Instructor
    It would be a lot easier to develop than fusion power.

    I just watched a science channel show about the splitting of Africa and is seems the entire region is going to change where the low lands will be covered in a shallow sea like they have shown was in present day Egypt, where the pyramids were made with rock that had embedded inside life forms shown to be fossils billions of years old.
  5. 07 Jul '13 18:44
    Originally posted by twhitehead
    The rift valley is nothing new, though the recent activity is faster than geologists expected.

    Reading the article made me wonder why we don't use geothermal power more. Does anyone know what makes it expensive? Surely being virtually free heat, it should be by far the cheapest? Its also the greenest.
    This is taking place in the poorest corner of Africa, surely harnessing it could be an economic boom?
    Global warming! It's got to be man made Global warming! Stop the madness!!!!
  6. Standard member DeepThought
    Losing the Thread
    07 Jul '13 18:45
    Originally posted by RJHinds
    Developing the technology may be too expensive compared to the current developed sources of energy available.

    The Instructor
    The cheap alternative is to ask the Icelanders how they do it rather than reinventing the technology.
  7. 07 Jul '13 18:48
    Originally posted by DeepThought
    The cheap alternative is to ask the Icelanders how they do it rather than reinventing the technology.
    Maybe the Icelanders could export their geysers.
  8. Standard member sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    07 Jul '13 23:39
    Originally posted by RJHinds
    Developing the technology may be too expensive compared to the current developed sources of energy available.

    The Instructor
    So you accept the fact that the continents move.