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The Sciences

The Nuclear Option?!

The IntersectionBy Sheril KirshenbaumJune 3, 2010 6:19 AM

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On the road somewhere in Tennessee tonight, I read the present top story at the NYTimes:

Nuclear Option on Gulf Oil Spill? No Way, U.S. Says The chatter began weeks ago as armchair engineers brainstormed for ways to stop the torrent of oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico: What about nuking the well? Decades ago, the Soviet Union reportedly used nuclear blasts to successfully seal off runaway gas wells, inserting a bomb deep underground and letting its fiery heat melt the surrounding rock to shut off the flow. Why not try it here?

Of course this won't happen, but the idea isn't actually all that far fetched. Furthermore, does anyone have a better suggestion? Now go read the article and let's get an interesting discussion going in comments...

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