Sunday, January 8, 2012

Days 1-4

Even though we've only been in Costa Rica for a few days the experience has been amazing. Already Beth Anne, Julia and I trekked through a jungle to swim in a waterfall, went salsa dancing with locals and tasted some amazing Costa Rican specialties like fried plantains. In addition to all the adventures, we have had lessons on geothermal energy and visited an energy plant that utilizes the steam produced underground by a nearby volcano to generate power for the surrounding towns. We toured the plant with the head engineer, and he showed us how they located the pockets of steam underground and how they transport the steam to turbines to generate electricity. We talked about both the benefits (a renewable source of energy) and limits (needs a source of heat like volcanoes to be nearby) of geothermal energy.

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