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posted by cmn32480 on Saturday May 20 2017, @09:12PM   Printer-friendly
from the now-they-can-grow! dept.
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  • (Score: 2) by kaszz on Saturday May 20 2017, @10:15PM (3 children)

    by kaszz (4211) on Saturday May 20 2017, @10:15PM (#512753) Journal

    On the high plateau of Antarctica the temperature varies between −26.0 to −63.4 ⁰C it just might be a better place to do this and similar climate can surely be found on the North Pole. And it can be done as a backup. Dig a hole, build a bunker, seal it.

    Ice acts as a elastic solid below 30 meters height of ice weight, ie glaciers. So a pressure of less than 272 kN/m² will stay in the elastic region and not let objects plasticly sink straight through. That would allow a build of a 13 meter high tower of solid concrete before it sinks. It would not be a hard stretch to build a bunker cube with 1 meter walls filled with essentially empty space and have it stay in place It could get covered in snow, but that can be handled with a high stairwell inside a wide pipe etc.

    For 1000 m² floor space with 3 meter height and a vertical access tunnel of 4x4 meter and 10 meter height would use something like 2600 m³ of concrete. If serious melting is expected ie Arctic goes wet, then shape it like a boat.

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  • (Score: 1) by butthurt on Saturday May 20 2017, @11:19PM

    by butthurt (6141) on Saturday May 20 2017, @11:19PM (#512780) Journal
  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday May 21 2017, @06:29AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday May 21 2017, @06:29AM (#512911)

    The most important thing is to place copies around the world.

    You want locations that can support suitable staff. Generally, this means universities.

    You should have diversity of government due to war. Don't go 100% NATO, or 100% pacific rim, or 100% OPEC, or 100% in any other alliance. This applies not just to the physical location. It also applies to funding sources and staff citizenship.