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  •  How would it take to drill the hole (3+ / 0-)

    to place the nuke?

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    by Perry the Imp on Fri Jun 04, 2010 at 02:20:54 PM PDT

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    •  about 3-4 weeks (4+ / 0-)

      and the plan would have to be extensively studied and a pressure containment vessel for the charge would have to be developed.

      but these could be done in parallel.

      All liberal values can be summed into a single issue: The dismantling of the American Middle Class. Publicly Funded U.S. Politics NOW!!!

      by innereye on Fri Jun 04, 2010 at 02:36:42 PM PDT

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      •  Sedimentary rock is relatively soft. (3+ / 0-)
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        The calculation that went around early in May was that you would need to get down 400 meters to assure both containment and to avoid any existing fissures.

        At 400 meters, the rock produces approximately 300,000 PSI.

        The key, here, is that the nuke generates substantial heat along with the blast. The heat makes the seal work far better than even an equivalent blast with hyper-efficient explosives.

        The underground nuke forms a cavity, which then always collapses.

        No question, the drill pipe gets sealed off.

        BTW: delivering the nuke is not difficult. Building a 2,500 or 5,000 PSI casing is well known technology.

        A suitable 15-kiloton device is available off-the-shelf. Apparently a 2-kiloton device would work just as well if one were at hand.

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        by vets74 on Fri Jun 04, 2010 at 04:42:05 PM PDT

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