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Controversial study suggests vast magma pool under Washington state

• McClatchy News
A vast pool of molten rock in the continental crust that underlies southwestern Washington state could supply magma to three active volcanoes in the Cascade Mountains -- Mount St. Helens, Mount Rainier and Mount Adams -- according to a new study that's causing a stir among scientists.

The study, published Sunday in the magazine Nature Geoscience, concluded that the magma pool among the three mountains could be the "most widespread magma-bearing area of continental crust discovered so far."

Other scientists dismiss the existence of an underground vat of magma covering potentially hundreds of square miles as "farfetched" and "highly unlikely." Rather than magma heated to 1,300 to 1,400 degrees, some think it could be water. 

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Comment by Ed Price
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Things like corn, jerusalem artichokes, sunflowers, and especially hemp could be planted by farmers sitting idle and living off farm subsidies. These plants produce more than enough oil to supply all the plastics, oils, and gasoline that have ever been produced by the oil companies. And they are a natural renewable resource. Just look at what's happened to hemp and farm subsidies to see why this hasn't been done long ago.

Comment by Jim Bennett
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 magma pool under southwest Washington state.  please some one figure out how many thermal wells and billions of watts of electricty would be produced virtually free with steam spinning generators... goodbye to opec oil, goodbye to high gas pices, hello to electric cars and hugely deflated winter heating bills.  ALL  THAT IS NEEDED IS TO DEFEAT THE BIG OIL COMPANIES WHO BLOCK DEVELOPMENT.  TAKE TO THE STREETS AMERICANS, DEMAND CONGRESS TAKE ACTION.  With solar power, wind power, tide power, thermal power and gulf stream power, oil is not longer needed except for a few domestic producers for plastics

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