Re: an example of slippery facts
Something here is screwed up.
Originally posted by theoutlands
Just a bit of a humorous story...
Was recently reading a book by a noted "techno-thriller" team based on the premise of terrorists detonating a nuke on an ice shelf in Antarctica to create just such a compression wave. The NEST agent who found their cold-weather base managed to shoot a fuel dump and create an explosion for a distraction. They pointed out the facility used deisel because gasoline would gel up.
See the problem?
Deisel doesn't explode when you shoot it...
Fact-checking is a gooooood thing.
I've never heard of gasoline gelling up.
I have heard of people having "gelling up" problems with diesel engines in places like upstate New York -- cold in the winter, but not quite as bad as Antarctica.
OTOH, for fixed installations there's a work-around to avoid such problems: ensure that the fuel tanks are situated in heated areas. I've never heard of anyone having problems with their fuel oil "gelling up", probably because everybody I know who heats with oil has their tanks in their cellars.
Then again, the size of fuel tanks in Antarctic sites may be too large to incorporate into heated structures -- I cheerfully admit ignorance here.
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