Power recovery from the Kilauea Iki lava pool.

by George C. Kennedy, D. T. Griggs


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A proposal that the Kilauea Iki lava pool be scientifically probed. Some methods of large-scale electric power production are also suggested. The lava pool created by the eruption of Kilauea Iki in 1959 contains nearly 100 million tons of molten lava. This presents a unique opportunity for the AEC PLOWSHARE program to learn how to make industrial use of subsurface pools of molten rock such as those that might be formed by deep underground PLOWSHARE explosions.

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