Can You See the Fire? -- Extreme Science #2

Can You See the Fire? -- Extreme Science #2

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Coal is the official state mineral of Kentucky.


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Bro never visit Silent Hill!!!
No more of this series?
I once forgot to do my homework for Environmental Science, and I bullshitted and used the information you gave about anthracite coal. I ended up getting an 80%>
Jake: “This is extreme science”
Me: “But on the screen it’s says “Popular Science””
Jake: Oh.
Jake: “This is Popular Science”
Me: “That’s Better.”
I can smell this video.
Feels like Dayz
I've been to Burlington VT, and it was lovely. The biggest "city" in Vermont, and it is still a relatively small town. I love that. I didn't know it was completely renewable energy. Good on them!
Rip X
you forgot to mention how many people at coal mine would be put out of work
people still live in centralia and are doing just fine as of a few weeks ago.
um no. they forced everyone out of centralia because the ground became unstable
Speaking of Geothermal, Isn't Centralia an example of a man-made geothermal opportunity (that's my best way to explain it at this point). If it's going to burn for 100-250 years and it is hot enough to melt lead, then why not capture that energy.

Great Video.
this was a total political video. shameful for vsauce. there was nothing interesting or science-ey to even use it as an excuse.
can your pants be any tighter? damn
The problem with renewable energy is finding this renewable energy everywhere. Solar panels work great...for small areas and isn't so great for birds, noting that birds have even been cooked by the rays reflected off of solar panels. But what about wind energy? That should be fine! Well, again, for small areas, and if the conditions aren't right, it takes more energy to run them than is produced. And, again, we run into a problem with the birds. Well, hydroelectric and geothermal are great choices. But there aren't enough places in the world for the world to run off these energies. Over the years, Hydroelectric and Geothermal plants have definitely become better for the fauna of the land, and it's not difficult to continue that trend, as has been shown. Only 1 country on earth has the right conditions to be 100% run on renewable energy, and it's small. The Cliffs of Moher could have a wind farm that powers...the tourist trap with a bit extra. I don't see any promise in solar and wind energy at this time, but hydroelectric and geothermal won't be enough to power the world. There would still need to be a supplement. For now, that's coal and oil power. The fear of another Chernobyl is keeping people from wanting to go to the best and cleanest option to make up for what hydroelectric and geothermal can't cover; Nuclear energy. The fear is rather unfounded, though, as there was a whole host of reasons Chernobyl happened that wouldn't happen in places like the US, where nuclear facilities are built to a higher standard. Disposing of nuclear waste has as well become something that won't harm the environment as it did in the early days of nuclear energy. If we want to move ourselves to renewable energy quicker, then hydroelectric, geothermal, and nuclear are the ways to go. Research is still going into other methods that would likely not be here for another hundred or so years, maybe even never and we've truly reached the peak of human ability to produce energy. A Dyson Sphere would be even farther off and at that point, we wouldn't care about earth, the sphere is our new metallic/synthetic planet.
could we harness geothermal energy from the site? then something good would have come from this mess
I don't know why humans are still using coal for energy. As places like Burlington, Vermont have shown, towns can thrive off of renewable energy. All coal does is release more toxic gases and endanger everyone on our planet. This madness must stop.
i ride here all the time
Of course Bernie Sanders' town is all renewable

Coal stock

Coal is extracted from the ground by coal mining, either underground by shaft mining, or at ground level by open pit mining extraction.


Coal is primarily used as a solid fuel to produce electricity and heat through combustion. World coal consumption was about 7.25 billion tonnes in 2010 The price of coal increased from around $30.00 per short ton in 2000 to around $150.00 per short ton as of September 2008. In early 2015, it was trading near $56/ton.