Hawaii Geothermal Energy Problem


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The photo above is a spectacular image of the continuing lava flow at the Kilauea Volcano (more here) and the question what is powering this massive production of basaltic lava remain problematical.

The mainstream view is that radiogenic heat in the upper mantle etc., causes partial melting that erupts as observed in the photo above. This radiogenic heat is interpreted as a mantle hotspot, though no one is able to explain why some parts of the mantle are richer in radiogenic elements, causing the hotspot, than other parts of the mantle that are not so hot.

One of the problems with the standard radiogenic thermal model is that radiogenic decay is constant and always decreasing at a measured rate defined as the half-life. There’s another problem with the radiogenic heat model.  If the partial melting is indeed being caused by radiogenic heat, then the molten mantle should also be radioactive and the outpouring basalt observed above, should be also highly radioactive. After all, that’s the only source of heat available to the standard model. Yet chemically basalts are not radioactive, and it’s obvious the photographer above is not concerned about radiation.

So where is the energy coming from? Where is the energy stored? How is it stored, if being stored is real in the first place.

Matter that is highly compressed under enormous pressures exists as a solid phase. It’s state changes if a pressure reduction occurs, and it liquefies.

On the other hand magma is plasma, and matter can become molten into plasma if subjected to an intense energy input such as observed in electric-arc blast furnaces.

So perhaps there is a massive electric current flowing between the ionosphere and Mt Kilauea.

Perhaps we should watch Dr. Kongpop’s U’yen’s presentation again for extra clues.

One thing is sure – the heat is not being produced by a mantle Fukashima source.

About Louis Hissink

Retired diamond exploration geologist. Trained by Western Mining Corporation and polished by De Beers.
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One Response to Hawaii Geothermal Energy Problem

  1. Romano Morganti says:

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