Deep Heat: Geothermal Energy Explained

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An animated video from ScienceNordic explores sources of geothermal energy, from volcanic heat just under the surface of the Earth to radioactive heat five kilometers below. Hot springs are used to generate electricity and heat buildings in Iceland and Tuscany, where one-tenth of the world's geothermal energy is produced. Harvesting deep geothermal energy is more complex, however. The video illustrates how Norway's thermal power plants work, and how they hope to use technology developed for offshore oil drilling to overcome some of the challenges of extracting deep thermal energy.

Deep Heat was created by Per Byhring and Arnfinn Christensen for ScienceNordic, a website that covers science news from Nordic countries in English. 

For more information about ScienceNordic, visit http://sciencenordic.com/.

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Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg's work in media spans documentary television, advertising, and print. As a producer in the Viewer Created Content division of Al Gore's Current TV, she acquired and produced short documentaries by independent filmmakers around the world. Post-Current, she worked as a producer and strategist at Urgent Content, developing consumer-created and branded nonfiction campaigns for clients including Cisco, Ford, and GOOD Magazine. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University, where she was co-creator and editor in chief of H BOMB Magazine.

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