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Mixing the Ocean

There are huge benefits to be gained, both for humankind and for the planet, by mixing the upper ocean. Most of the world's surface is ocean and most of the ocean is desert because it contains too little nutrient to support much life. The required nutrients, nitrates, phosphorus, silica, are only 1 km away from where they are needed; 1 km vertically downward. These nutrients can be brought to the surface and the desert oceans made to bloom by using energy from hydrothermal vents. We have devised a giant Nutrient Megapump to make this work.

Mixing the Ocean



Geothermal Energy

Massive quantities of energy come out of the earth as heat both on land and in the oceans. This can be harnessed and used to generate electricity continuously, unlike other renewable sources which are intermittant. In the ocean, hydrothermal vent fluid can be captured with a cowling. On land, deep wells may need to be drilled. Deep, hot wells have their own special problems such as sonic shocks. The Gulf of Mexico blowout was most likely caused by sonic shocks in two phase hydrocarbon fluid which forced well casings into the blow-out preventer. We were first to predict the damaging effects of sonic shocks in wells.

Geothermal Energy



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