Terrestrial weaponization

[Image: From a simulation of nuclear bunker buster technology, produced by the Union of Concerned Scientists].

Defense Tech introduces us to the "earthquake array," a "focused underground shockwave that amounts to an artificial earthquake." This "artificial earthquake" will be put to use by the Air Force, of all people (not the Earth Force?), in order to annihilate underground targets.
Intriguingly, the shockwave will cause all regional tunnels, bunkers, mines, sewers, nightclubs, basement TV rooms, commercial show caves, etc., to collapse – which means that the bomb is actually a kind of landscape weapon, de-caving the earth from within.
"The secret," we read, "is in effectively combining 20 separate explosions into a coherent pulse."
More interesting than explosives, however, would be the phenomenal amount of patience and long-term thinking required to execute a slightly different plan: seeing that the future rise of a distant empire is all but historically inevitable, you and a crack team of undercover geotechnical engineers go deep into what will soon be enemy territory – even if not for another 500 years – and you install several hundred acres of massive vibrating plates a thousand feet below ground. You hook them up to something – perhaps a geothermal well – and then you landscape the hell out of the place.
No one will know you were there.
Then 500 years goes by, at which point that distant empire is now your biggest rival – and that means your moment has come. Your weapon is ready.
You activate the earth-plates.
Within seconds, a shuddering manmade tectonic groan of undeclared, anti-architectural, vibrational warfare levels their whole civilization. Your plan works.
It's the earthquake array, as it really should be. Terrestrial weaponization. Earth War I.

(For quite similar thoughts, involving James Bond, see BLDGBLOG's guide to tectonic warfare).

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5 Comments:

Anonymous Dan said...

Reminds me of a similar concept I read about on Pruned a while back.

Versailles in the Pacific!

-Dan

December 06, 2006 3:01 AM  
Blogger Geoff Manaugh said...

Hey Dan - Indeed. Perhaps this would be Versailles in the Dunes...

December 06, 2006 1:38 PM  
Anonymous History said...

Goes to show how carelessly the government spends our tax money...on completely impractical research.

December 07, 2006 12:45 PM  
Anonymous cenoxo said...

You know, one of these days Mother Earth is going to get tired of being poked.

You kids! Do I have to stop this car?

December 08, 2006 12:15 PM  
Blogger filarete said...

I've recently seen one of those arrays in Hadid's office- and you know which country she comes from.

June 29, 2007 8:33 AM  

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