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Thousands Of Barges Could Save Europe From Deep Freeze

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posted on Feb, 8 2006 @ 09:22 PM
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Thousands Of Barges Could Save Europe From Deep Freeze

It is ironic that one consequence of global warming is that Europe might plunge into a deep freeze. This possibility stimulated an unusual research project at the University of Alberta. Dr. Peter Flynn, the Poole Chair in Management for Engineers in the U of A Department of Mechanical Engineering, has studied whether down-welling ocean currents can carry more dissolved carbon into the deep ocean...

Flynn and a graduate student evaluated seven different methods to enhance down-welling currents. They found one way was far more cost effective than the others: making thicker sea ice by pumping salty ocean water on top of ice sheets.

They envisioned more than 8,000 barges moving into the northern ocean in the fall, speeding the initial formation of sea ice by pumping a spray of water into the air, and then, once the ice is formed, pumping ocean water on top of it, trapping the salt in the ice and reaching a thickness of seven meters.

In the spring, water would continue to be pumped over the ice to melt it, forming a vast amount of cold, salty water that sinks and adds to the down-welling current to re-strengthen it.

The estimated cost is about $50 billion.



What an intriguing idea....

I'm glad some have moved beyond the global climate change debate to thinking about how to actually deal with it.

It's a start.

[edit on 8-2-2006 by loam]




posted on Feb, 8 2006 @ 09:30 PM
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Thats a very interesting article loam
its wierd id wondered in the past about helping to form new ice in a similar way but thought it was a ridiculous notion, glad to see im not mad after all
the costs a bit steep but who knows one day something like this may really be needed to put in to action, but lets hope not eh.



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