Would You Swim In Power Plant Wastewater?

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Normally, the answer would be no. But in these very limited circumstances, at Iceland's Blue Lagoon, you can swim in geothermal power plant wastewater, and it's even healthy: although the marketing material doesn't usually mention it. Here's a story about geothermal energy, cheap heat, and how to keep some ducks warm.
Research on Blue Lagoon and a skin condition: doi.org/10.1016/S0738-081X(96)00099-5
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Runtime: 05:16


Tom Scott
Tom Scott - Måned siden
One thing I couldn't fit into my script: the pipeline expands by around several metres along its length when it's in use, because of the hot water running through it. The big boxes along the way are expansion joints and supports to allow it to move! As ever, all my sources are in the description.
Dark Madder
Dark Madder - 3 dager siden
The Canadian Government commissioned a survey of the nations prospects for geothermal energy production. The assessment found that Canada has enough geothermal resources IN GROUND ( as opposed to that needing drilling to access, which has it's own environmental consequences) - to provide ONE MILLION TIMES the nation's energy requirements. This study's release was delayed for nearly a decade, but after it's release the Canadian government nevertheless moved into intensive Tar-Sands extraction despite this bountiful clean resource.
Zwodo - 3 dager siden
Out of genuine curiousity: would it have been bad to add those extra 15-20 seconds to the video?
Dream Queen
Dream Queen - 5 dager siden
aight kewl
I Dont Get Any Jokes
I Dont Get Any Jokes - 6 dager siden
How TF is this a month ago?
Kliolile - 6 dager siden
I swam in the Blue Lagoon (hella expensive) and then I realize now that it wasn't a natural geothermal pool? One of the signs I read inside the lagoon said it was 1 of the 7 wonders (I've been to 2 not including this) and so I immediately thought this was connected to all the other geothermal pools in Iceland hence it's named the land of Fire and Ice or something along those lines. THEN YOU COME UP HERE AND SAY I WAS SWIMMING INSIDE WATER FROM A POWER PLANT???
Nolan Lemmon
Nolan Lemmon - Time siden
Powerplant waste makes Tom Scott wet.
Tom Scott makes me wet.
Stapur - Time siden
Clickbait... you never got in the water
F R - 5 timer siden
Iceland:let's supply mains heated water to homes
UK: your area is not eligible for fibre broadband
Úna Parkinson
Úna Parkinson - 5 timer siden
Iceland sounds adorable
Elliot - 8 timer siden
This thumbnail has shook my world
Culture and Geography Man
Culture and Geography Man - 8 timer siden
If someone broke that one pipe, would iceland be without water/power?
Charming nowhere to hide
Charming nowhere to hide - 10 timer siden
Tom is really capitalising on his trip up north
James - 17 timer siden
This is just furthering my idea of moving to Iceland
Darold Carold
Darold Carold - 17 timer siden
k so this is the story of how I wanna go to an Iceland beach so badly...
Charming nowhere to hide
Charming nowhere to hide - 10 timer siden
Ok, when a guy from the UK says a place is "a bit wet" that needs to be taken seriously.
Juan D'Marco
Juan D'Marco - Dag siden
Northern Assassin
Northern Assassin - 2 dager siden
Haven't watched a second of the video and I work at a nuclear power plant. My guess is that it's not overtly dangerous but I'd still say it's not the best idea.
soinu foig
soinu foig - Dag siden
björk will be proud
Oh Man
Oh Man - 2 dager siden
Swim in blue lagoon? I'm drinking that down spoons twice a week mate
Your Dad
Your Dad - 2 dager siden
Honestly I'm more impressed by what a genius business tactic it is to turn your waste water into a spa
soinu foig
soinu foig - Dag siden
short ansawer: the powerplant is GeoThermal and not Nuclear like the title might make you think.
abbsnn cose
abbsnn cose - 2 dager siden
Me: that water looks so cool. Ima take a dip 5 mins later Me: hey smooth skin
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Kiprop - 2 dager siden
Hii ni kama ile ya Olkaria?
abbsnn cose
abbsnn cose - 2 dager siden
Only if it's nuclear power plant waste water.
Mattress Crusherz
Mattress Crusherz - 3 dager siden
Thumbnail face = baby
PixelStacker - 3 dager siden
Of course! I privation 3 eyes like the simpsons fish. aye
ObiWahnKnobi - 3 dager siden
I've been in the Blue Lagoon and I can attest: It's nice and relaxing and the look is quite unique. As for the marketing the story I heard was that the workers of the powerplant went swimming in the water and found it to be really nice...and then some smart people decided to market it as a spa.
And yes: The earth would most likely run out of heat eventually...but it will probably be swallowed by the sun before that.
Alan Driver
Alan Driver - 3 dager siden
The waste water from a coal power station is not the water that was used to produce steam to spin the turbines. That water is very very clean and largely remains in a sealed system.
The water at the bottom of the cooling tower was used to cool the sealed system, but doesn't come in contact directly.
Generally the water is taken from a nearby river and when it's put back after use it's a lot cleaner than when it was taken out (and obviously thus gas to comply with strict regulations). It's been known for the warm water to serve other purposes before returning to the river, for example used for an eel farm!
Another enjoyable video and I was happy to hear you on the no such thing as a fish podcast last week
bilishu aliss
bilishu aliss - 3 dager siden
"The earth isn't going to run out of heat" Laughs in the heat death of the universe
D Loui
D Loui - 3 dager siden
that's not wise ..............
TheDaringPastry1313 - 3 dager siden
Hmmm I always wanted to go to the Blue Lagoon since I live in the US, but I didn't realize it was powerplant waste water. hah
bilishu aliss
bilishu aliss - 3 dager siden
thats some blue-ass water
Vares65 - 3 dager siden
Ok, when a guy from the UK says a place is "a bit wet" that needs to be taken seriously.
alida flus
alida flus - 4 dager siden
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Noah Shackelford
Noah Shackelford - 3 dager siden
How'd you almost have 1k subscribers without any videos?
Uli Uchu
Uli Uchu - 4 dager siden
it does smell quite sulfury, though....
ab ab
ab ab - 4 dager siden
short ansawer: the powerplant is GeoThermal and not Nuclear like the title might make you think.
alida flus
alida flus - 4 dager siden
You look like mark zuckerburg in the thumbnail
Nacho Dominguez
Nacho Dominguez - 4 dager siden
björk will be proud
eg1885 - 4 dager siden
How often must Tom get asked for help or advice. Like doctors who get asked about what to take for pain or mechanics who get asked about car problems. Tom must be driven crazy by everyone's constant questions for help.
Atash Gallagher
Atash Gallagher - 4 dager siden
Tom: The earth won't cool.
Krypton: am I a joke to you.
IndustrialDonut - 5 dager siden
Only if it's nuclear power plant waste water.
MailC3p - 5 dager siden
i went to iceland during april of 2019 and right before we left we visited the blue lagoon and it was just so amazing, if i could i would definitely go again.
Tianruo Yang
Tianruo Yang - 5 dager siden
Me: Sees title
Also me: No
Soupface - 5 dager siden
Silica? My plants would like that water
!? - 5 dager siden
How old are you?
soinu foig
soinu foig - 5 dager siden
More like: Tom Scott Convinces You to Travel During Coronavirus
Amos Walker
Amos Walker - 5 dager siden
Big talk for a Brit to call Iceland "a bit wet"
Boosh - 5 dager siden
thats some blue-ass water
soinu foig
soinu foig - 5 dager siden
take 300 years to recover its temperature.
M.inglis .81
M.inglis .81 - 5 dager siden
Water shill.