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Scientists drilling deep beneath the city of Newcastle have discovered fossil evidence of exotic shells and coral.
The 300-million year old rocks were extracted from limestone 1,000 feet below the ground during a £900,000 green energy project to harness geothermal power from the earth’s crust.
Engineers watched a plume of steam gush from a borehole in Newcastle City centre when the drilling reached its target depth at dawn today. The renewable resource will be used to heat hundreds of homes and provide power to buildings near St James’ Park.
Newcastle Institute for Research on Sustainability director professor Paul Younger said: “We are trying to harness what really is about the lowest carbon form of energy there is…
“There isn’t really a limit to what we might gain from this. There is a huge volume of hot water down there; we could go on adding boreholes to run systems alongside this wherever there is the opportunity…”
“It’s an incredibly exciting project. If we’re right and we pump up water at such elevated temperatures, it would mean a fully renewable energy supply for a large part of the city centre.”
Laura Armstrong is one of Newcastle University’s geology students who has been examining the 300-million year old fossils.
She told the BBC: “It is one of the most exciting things we’ve found. “These shells and corals suggest that Newcastle was once a tropical environment, like offshore Bahamas.”
Soon it will be hot enough for the Toon Army to remove more than their replica shirts.
Cripes, that’s a disgusting thought, eh?