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Drilling into Magma for Geothermal Energy

They delved too greedily and too deep!

Gahhh! Icelandic geothermal energy station hits magma, then adds it to the generating process. HUBRIS! Have they already forgotten the lesson of Khazad Dum?


In 2009, a borehole drilled at Krafla, northeast Iceland, as part of the Icelandic Deep Drilling Project (IDDP), unexpectedly penetrated into magma (molten rock) at only 2100 meters depth, with a temperature of 900-1000 C. The borehole, IDDP-1, was the first in a series of wells being drilled by the IDDP in Iceland in the search for high-temperature geothermal resources.

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2 Comments on Drilling into Magma for Geothermal Energy

  1. Steve D // 24/01/2014 at 19:29 // Reply

    Actually, this has happened in Iceland before. A geothermal drillhole went from spouting steam to lava for a few minutes, then back to steam. The drilling in Hawaii was into a cooling lava lake to study the changes in composition as the lava cools (the composition changes because not every component solidifies at the same time).

    • ‘A geothermal drillhole went from spouting steam to lava for a few minutes’

      That must be the very definition of terrifying.

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