Saturday, August 13, 2011

Saudi Prince Mohammad al-Faisal Engages Engineer to Tow Icebergs from Arctic Region to Middle East for Fresh Water

If this idea becomes a reality, then this idea to tow icebergs from the Arctic to the Middle East could be a boon for parched regions. I remember learning in my elementary science classes that most of the fresh water on Earth is frozen. It would help increase the world's fresh water supply if this frozen water could be tapped. I wonder if there would be any affect on global weather patterns if this frozen water is suddenly removed. While this appears to be a novel idea, any fans of the 1985 movie Brewster's Millons will know that it is not novel at all.

So did French engineer Georges Mougin. And that's why he's invented a system for towing icebergs across the ocean and straight to the world's thirsty. Using 3-D technology, recently declassified satellite data, and the new science of oceanic forecasting, Mougin has created an elaborate method for hauling ginormous icebergs using a "skirt" and a tugboat.

Source: Fast Company

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