posted on Dec, 1 2014 @ 06:20 AM
a reply to: Xeven
Could you be a bit more specific? You said "the" melting glaciers, implying we all should know which ones you're talking about. However, as we
don't I can only guess you're referring to ones in California itself.
Seeing as California's own glaciers (eg in the Sierra Nevada) are some distance away from the most populated regions they'd need long pipelines,
with pumping stations along the way. That requires infrastructure. Power lines, service roads for maintenance and so forth. Not to mention they'd
have to build a catchment below whatever glacier/s first so they have a guaranteed water level available to pump from.
This would impact the environment. Removing large volumes of water from a glacial melt source would be devastating for the ecosystems downstream from
The most populated regions of California are right by the Pacific ocean, so it would make more sense to do what other members have suggested: build
desalination plants. It's still not ideal as they require huge amounts of electric power, but in the long term it's more doable than tapping into
some glacial melt.
Assuming the Pacific Ocean isn't going to disappear any time soon, it's a much more reliable long-term resource.