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Geothermal Vents

Water emerges from these vents at temperatures ranging from 60 °C (140 °F) up to as high as 464 °C (867 °F). Due to the high hydrostatic pressure at these depths, water may exist in either its liquid form or as a supercritical fluid at such temperatures. The critical point of (pure) water is 375 °C (707 °F) at a pressure of 218 atmospheres.

The initial stages of a vent chimney begin with the deposition of the mineral anhydriteSulfides of copperiron, and zinc then precipitate in the chimney gaps, making it less porous over the course of time. Vent growths on the order of 30 cm (1 ft) per day have been recorded. An April 2007 exploration of the deep-sea vents off the coast of Fiji found those vents to be a significant source of dissolved iron (see iron cycle).




These vents cover hundreds of miles, if not thousands. I am sure that scientists can find a way to use this energy source to add to the worlds need for a infinite energy source to power mankind’s future.

Comments, pro/con welcome


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I have provided software and analysis for the design of several geothermal plants around the world and have also performed tests on such plants. This is one of several areas that we should be pursuing. We need smart, persistent, innovative, and enthusiastic engineers to pull this off as well as good communicators to champion the effort. Here's a challenge for you (and others on this forum): Siloxane is a real problem. It gets all over the equipment and is a real pain to remove plus there's significant down time losing production and revenue. The current continuous separation/removal systems are only marginally effective and are themselves a hassle. Come up with a way to remove the siloxane (like a centrifugal separator passively removes sediments from flowing water) and you will really advance this carbon-free technology.

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