Science & Technology
Drought solution - tow an iceberg ?
By T.K. Randall
August 10, 2011 · 31 comments
Image Credit: Ansgar Walk
A novel idea is being reconsidered to aid drought-hit areas - tow an iceberg from the North Atlantic.
A team of engineers has been examining the possibility of using icebergs as a way to help provide water to drought-hit countries. They determined that towing an iceberg to the Canary Islands from Newfoundland would take five months and cost $10 million.
Way back in the 70ís Georges Mougin, then an engineering graduate, had a big idea. He suggested that icebergs floating around in the North Atlantic could be tethered and dragged south to places that were experiencing a severe drought, such as the Sahel of West Africa.
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