Sounds like the HK government has been watching "the man with the golden gun". Admittedly that wasn't an underground data centre so much as a death trap
The Hong Kong government is looking at a novel way of creating new space in which to build data centres in the tiny Special Administrative Region (SAR): digging purpose-built caves. Speaking at the Datacentre Space Asia conference in the SARon Thursday, Hilary Cordell of local real estate law firm Cordells revealed that plans …
"did apply" - as a land owner in the US, I can tell you I do NOT own mineral rights to my land. It will depend upon the nature of the land purchase: for a small residential lot (such as mine) you generally don't get mineral rights, for a larger acreage such as a farm you generally do, IANAL, IANYL, YMMV, VWPBL, etc.
Correct. I don't own the development rights on my land in Northern Virginia. I still own the land but not the right to build anything on it (except a clause for two additional homes for any potential children). I donated the development rights to a land trust who will hold them in perpetuity to prevent any future owners from mucking up the land with houses/shops.
I guess the best way to describe land rights (in the U.S.) is like a bundle of sticks. You can sell off individual sticks (mineral, water, development, agricultural, &c) but still own the actual land.
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A lot of people have been talking about an enormous EMP knocking out ALL infrastructure. This could be politically motivated but is far more likely to occur from a giant solar flare. Mankind's tech is simply not protected from an EMP event--it would send us back to the caves. (The last time this happened, in 1859, our highest tech was telegraph and that was knocked out!) I wonder if the HK boffins have considered that such underground storage could be EMP protected. Everything on the surface would still get fried, of course, but at least rebuilding might seem feasible if the underground infrastructure were intact. For the rest of us, there's going to be sopme amazing Auroras!
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