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Check Out The High-Tech Pavement Preserving Yellowstone's Geysers

Travel Technology | Gabe Zaldivar | October 13, 2016

Check Out The High-Tech Pavement Preserving Yellowstone's Geysers

PHOTO:Yellowstone uses porous pavement. (Photo courtesy YouTube/Michelin USA)

Granted, there isn’t usually anything all that captivating about concrete. But you may just amuse your friends with what Yellowstone National Park is doing to help preserve the natural wonder of its abundant geysers.

Business Insider introduces us to technology that will help usher water towards aquifers that feed the park’s massive geothermal system.

As noted, we are talking about a system that makes up two-thirds of the world’s geysers. And with other concrete pavements, water may make its way eventually to lakes and rivers not feeding into the geothermal process.

In comes Flexi-Pave, which uses used Michelin tires to make up what is referred to as thirsty concrete.

The innovation is created by KBI, and its founder and CEO, Kevin Bagnall, spoke with BI on the revolutionary substance.

Bagnall states: “Our most valuable resource is water. If [Flexi-Pave] can be used in better urban planning, that valuable water is going to go back into the earth where it would naturally go, and therefore we'd be keeping the levels of our aquifer for potable water supplies.”

The following video illustrates well what the substance looks like and the remarkable way that it completely soaks up water and lets it through its pores.

Now instead of over 1,500 used tires going to waste, they were utilized for a pathway that not only allows a pleasurable amble but the notion that there is indeed another eco-friendlier way to pave roads.

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Bagnall hopes his product can pepper the globe in roads and paths in every major city. For the moment, BI puts the number of cities that can lay claim to Flexi-Pave features at about 200 to 300 American cities.

And in a corner of Yellowstone, precious water heads back to precisely the place it should be, ensuring generations get to enjoy the majesty of its powerful geysers.


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