Would You Swim In Power Plant Wastewater?

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Tom Scott

5 days ago

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.
Sources:
www.c40.org/case_studies/the-worlds-largest-geothermal-heating-system-saves-up-to-4m-tons-co2-annually
www.verkis.com/projects/utilities/water-supply-systems/nr/982
nea.is/geothermal/direct-utilization/heat-pumps/
icelandmag.is/article/nine-fascinating-facts-about-geothermal-energy-and-reykjavik
askjaenergy.com/iceland-renewable-energy-sources/geothermal-different-utilization/
nautholsvik.is/en/
perlan.is/about-perlan/
www.epa.gov/coalash/coal-ash-basics
Research on Blue Lagoon and a skin condition: doi.org/10.1016/S0738-081X(96)00099-5
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Comments
Tom Scott
Tom Scott Month ago
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.
Vertred Gaming
Vertred Gaming Hour ago
So this video was planned a month ago...
Blackside Polska
Blackside Polska 6 hours ago
Ok
Dmitri Legovickis
Dmitri Legovickis 14 hours ago
How was this posted a month ago....?
Police_ Aker25YT
Police_ Aker25YT 15 hours ago
Damn u finna dir
Myles Los
Myles Los Day ago
@sayghia airplanes
Atienne
Atienne 21 minute ago
i swam in this and i still have all 12 of my fingers so i think it’s fine
Toby Monster
Toby Monster Hour ago
No
Big Boie
Big Boie Hour ago
if nothing changed to his body, then what about his......
Matgilo
Matgilo Hour ago
Is this the guy who has a video with the title that is the excact amount of vieuws ?
José Manuel
José Manuel 2 hours ago
This lagoon, right here, in the middle of Iceland doesn't look that toxic, because is not.
Grey Gods III
Grey Gods III 2 hours ago
How is your fingers doing ?
William Webb
William Webb 2 hours ago
Yarr me harties! It be talk like a pirate day! Give Mad Cap'n Tom a mighty YARRRR
Reagan Baby
Reagan Baby 2 hours ago
this dude 14 or 41?
Jasmine Tapiheru
Jasmine Tapiheru 2 hours ago
36
Avian
Avian 3 hours ago
Looks like im going skinny dipping.
The Hammurabi Chode
The Hammurabi Chode 3 hours ago
I haven't even seen this video but I imagine you are just swimming and then Tom Scott's head just pops out of the water like in the thumbnail
Venix
Venix 3 hours ago
I would love Scott as my geography teacher
Aaron Roberts
Aaron Roberts 3 hours ago
Wait how do you remove the wind noised completely
Steven Criscione
Steven Criscione 4 hours ago
Goo lagoon
Nic Pardon
Nic Pardon 5 hours ago
well i thought you meant nuclear power plant then have fun with your cancer but it wasn't so cool
MediocreTuneGuy
MediocreTuneGuy 5 hours ago
Welp... you've reignited my burning desire to go to Iceland.
Jan Hansen
Jan Hansen 5 hours ago
nuclear powerplant , have gasturbines that run on hydrogen/oxygen ,,,, byprodukt is water.. you are just talking BS ,, we can see it in you face
Untitled 1
Untitled 1 6 hours ago
The thumbnail killed me. 🤣😂
mijuo roui
mijuo roui 6 hours ago
Toms grandkids: what did you do when you were younger Tom: so you see…………
Cael.
Cael. 7 hours ago
Don't forget about Taupō Aotearoa!
Google User
Google User 8 hours ago
Happy international Talk Like A Pirate Day mateys!
mijuo roui
mijuo roui 6 hours ago
No
O’Shea Bates
O’Shea Bates 8 hours ago
Insane waterslide
LWAN
LWAN 8 hours ago
i thought i would see a bathvideo
Tommi Weck
Tommi Weck 11 hours ago
What do you do when you get lost in an islandic forest? Stand up
Number_055
Number_055 13 hours ago
I'd do anything for that smile.
AyOh
AyOh 15 hours ago
Have your fingerprints healed yet mate?
Lukas Sprehn
Lukas Sprehn 15 hours ago
:( Clickbait thumbnail.
potat
potat 3 minutes ago
did you even watch the video?
sotuur aeei
sotuur aeei 15 hours ago
.“The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us.” - Bill Watterson
Kjartan Hafdal Ómarsson
Kjartan Hafdal Ómarsson 15 hours ago
Hey i live in iceland
sotuur aeei
sotuur aeei 15 hours ago
Hah, been saying for years they should have you on QI, and noticed you got a mention previously. Good Job!
David Moore
David Moore 15 hours ago
USshowr tom scot dies of radiation poisoning
The spiciest Meme lord
The spiciest Meme lord 15 hours ago
Immediate response from thumbnail: depends on what type of power plant
0MindSwept0
0MindSwept0 16 hours ago
Depends what’s in it
Conor Smith-Calonico
Conor Smith-Calonico 17 hours ago
No.
Samuel Skala
Samuel Skala 18 hours ago
I think that this is as close to a steampunk city as we're gonna get.
MrCzechTexan
MrCzechTexan 18 hours ago
This video made me realize how badly we need a Letterkenny or Portlandia-style sitcom based in Iceland. It's a quirky, silly, absolutely wonderful place that deserves pop culture reverence
Diego brando
Diego brando 19 hours ago
No
Cody Slab
Cody Slab 19 hours ago
I hope this is going to be all over the world when fusion reactors produce infinite power
Watkins Carlos
Watkins Carlos 19 hours ago
Yang sayang aku like yang cinta allah coment
NDインディ
NDインディ 19 hours ago
Nah, dude. I can't swim.
Blahblah Think
Blahblah Think 20 hours ago
I dunno would you swim in it? Stay tuned for more information. Most swim in seas and pools, i know lets all nip down to local power plant pool for a swim.