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Originally posted by HossBog
reply to post by Agarta
Yes I think we're getting there. How do you change the amount of rainfall? More moisture in plants and evaporative ponds = more humidity = more rainfall. Dry desert air respons well to evaporation. Look at the floods in central Australia. We're still seeing wildflowers that haven't been seen for a hundred years. The floods were a few years ago. Also all these new f####king animals are popping up out of the desert floor that have never been catalogued. (Toads, Snakes and EEEEELLLLSSS ewww.) Who knows what you could find in AFRICA!!!! I really like this thread and mean no disrespect to anyone. I may have been a bit smart arsed in my responses. I apologise.
Originally posted by apacheman
Why not just sail some water there?
I'd like to form a company to corral icebergs and sail them where they are needed.
Berg harvesters, if you will.
What would be required would be a few ocean-going tugboats, some ice mining equipment, a couple of water tankers, and some detachable motors or sails.
The idea would be to find an iceberg, attach towing lines to it and begin to tow it towards wherever the water is needed, while shaping it into more manageable shapes and sizes through ice mining, creating a flat top for mounting sails and conducting mining operations.
A "shore" team would begin mining the ice and transferring it into the holds of the tankers, which when full would sail to their destinations. Once arrived, they would have three things to sell; water, ice, and a thermal gradient that could be used for heat exchangers, sort of free air conditioning and power extraction.
It would serve multiple purposes: remove hazards from sea lanes, provide a valuable precious commodity, provide scientific data through core samples, and provide a useful thermal gradient.
Originally posted by Agarta
The OP states it as an end all solution and it is not. I am not even cutting down the possibility just showing there is more to it than evaporating water from the ocean.
Originally posted by Vardoger
Libya had it's own nationally built/funded/maintained water source for the next thousand years. But hey....we can't have self sufficient countries disobeying TPTB.