Jamaica Literally Sits on One of The Largest Thermal Energy Sources In The World!

In 2010, scientists found the deepest known hydrothermal vents, some 5 kilometres down beneath the waves of the Caribbean in the Cayman Trough.

“In a nutshell, the Mid-Cayman Rise displays perhaps the broadest range of mid-ocean ridge geologic processes all active in the same place,” said German. “It makes a perfect natural laboratory in which to study all kinds of aspects of hydrothermal flow.- Oceanus Magazine

Less than one hundred and ninety (190) miles and within its territorial waters defined as its Exclusive Economic Zone, west of Negril Point between Jamaica and Cayman Island lies the largest spread of super-heated hot water vents in the world, capable of producing well over fifty two (52 GW) Gigawatts or some 52,000 Mega Watt of energy.

The technology to develop and harness this vast source of clean renewable energy is available in the form of repurposing deep ocean oil rig platform.  

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) an Exclusive Economic Zone is defined as that area of the ocean “beyond and adjacent to its territorial sea that extends seaward up to 200 nm from its baselines (or out to a maritime boundary with another coastal State).

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Within its EEZ, a coastal State has: (a) sovereign rights for the purpose of exploring, exploiting, conserving and managing natural resources, whether living or nonliving, of the seabed and subsoil and the superjacent waters and with regard to other activities for the economic exploitation and exploration of the zone, such as the production of energy from the water, currents and winds; (b) jurisdiction as provided for in international law with regard to the establishment and use of artificial islands, installations, and structures, marine scientific research, and the protection and preservation of the marine environment, and (c) other rights and duties provided for under international law.” 

The Cayman Trough is the world’s deepest undersea volcanic rift, found on the seabed between the Cayman Islands and Jamaica. At its lowest point, the pressure is equivalent to the weight of a large family car pressing down on every square inch.

Three miles (five kilometers) below the surface of the Caribbean Sea (map), great volcanic chimneys gush subterranean water hot enough to melt lead.

Image via BBC
Image via BBC

The Mid-Cayman Rise is part of Earth’s mid-ocean ridge mountain chain, where volcanic eruptions create new oceanic crust that pushes tectonic plates apart. But here, seafloor spreading can also happen without eruptions: As tectonic forces pull neighboring plates apart, rocks deep within Earth’s crust and mantle can slide upward, becoming exposed at the existing seafloor.

“The two plates are simply spreading apart along faults that permit one plate to slide out from under the other,” said German. Scientists theorize that along some slow-spreading ridges, this kind of process creates unusually thin seafloor. That allows water to percolate down to rocks heated by volcanism below. The water picks up chemical from the rocks and re-circulate and vent at the seafloor.

The extreme depths and different mineral composition of the seafloor along the Mid- Cayman Rise have produced many different kinds of vents within a relatively short span of seafloor. Researchers on this cruise concentrated their efforts at two sites, one of which, the Piccard vent field, is the deepest known hydrothermal site, at nearly 5,000 meters (3.1 miles) deep. The fluids gushing from some of the vents at this site were found to be just above 400°C (750°F), among the hottest vents known.

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Marcia Bryce
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Chinese here they come!!

Karen Collins
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Not just Chinese but the AMERICA ,Europe and all the the greedy countries

Michael Morgan
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look out for the Economic Hitman. Now I know how we got the IMF loan, and how we have been able to past the the IMF tests. Its all a big scam, we are not producing enough to pass any of the IMF test. They do this to give small countries like us loans we will never able to pay back, then take whatever natural resources we have ( slavery ). look up Economic Hitman on Youtube, you will get a full understanding of what I’m saying

Nadine Jarrett-Campbell
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Instead of us thinking about the Chinese being quick to grasp at an opportunity, I think it’s time we (our people) start to get proactive and begin to support any research etc. that will ultimately benefit us and our children. Time for us to get real serious about our future as a people, as a country.

Millicent Battick
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There are resources deposited in this nation that will be exposed in God’s appointed time. Lord i release your Counsel Plan and Rule( CPR) over the resources that is deposited in this nation and that will be revealed in your time according to your eternal purpose. I bind on earth the CPR of hell over our resources and by the key of binding and losing, it is done in Jesus name. Raise up now O Almighty God according to heaven’s CPR and accordint to your promise, leaders of integrity to manage these resources for your glory and for the advancement… Read more »

John Garling
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Yep the Government will quickly spread their legs and the Chinese will come in. If the energu can be harvested they will likely use the Energy to process Bauxite into Aluminium and then they will then export the finished Aluminium and leave all the red acid waste and other by products here for us to enjoy.

Dinsdale Laing
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We did it with bauxite a few decades ago, can we do the same, or better, make it attractive for local investors.

Amoy Burke
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I believe in improving our country to the best way we can soif it is China r America we needed help to fund this project

Karen Goodall
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Instead of destroying the natural habitat and incurring debt by selling off pieces of the country to purchase a rig to start something that might not pay for itself, why not go with the cheapest renewable energy source already available? Solar energy is here, cheaper than grids, and getting cheaper daily. Come Jamaica…..we have nuff sun…..catch up nuh. “There are now over 20,000 MW of cumulative solar electric capacity operating in the U.S., enough to power more than 4 million average American homes. In 2014, with over 195,000 installations in 2014, nearly 645,000 U.S. homes and businesses have now gone… Read more »

Karen Goodall
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As for what we need to do to help the economy, we need to start taking some of those jobs that are being shipped to other countries from the US. Telemarketing and other assembley work are going to countries in Asia, a long ways away from the US….Jamaica is much closer, we speak the language, we could be doing the customer contact for American companies without the complaints that you don’t speak the language and the customer cannot understand……shipping products for assembly would be cheaper because we are closer…..the Jamaican Government need to have areas or businesses ready for these… Read more »

Marc Rammelaere
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It is probably not that easy . The deepest deepwater platform operates a depth of 3000m below the sealevel.

Marcia Bryce
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Chinese here they come!!