We’ve considered many things ever since the Industrial Revolution gave way to the advent of technology. We’ve considered creating a lot of inventions in order to make our lives easier, more comfortable, and we did a very good job. We can affect so many things around us that we can basically create our own environments.
From artificial illumination to thermostats, and even artificial plants, we’ve managed to very accurately replicate the wonders of nature. And one of the most experimental fields on which we’re still currently working is weather manipulation. We do have some techniques that actually work, but we’re still new at this.
But one country is going to move ahead and attempt to simulate nature to a degree never before seen. More precisely, it would look like the UAE want a fake mountain to increase rainfall. The project would be huge, and it requires experts from a few different scientific fields, but the country does want to go through with it.
Actually, the idea is to build the artificial mountain in what is arguably the most important city in the Emirates, Dubai. The project is currently in just its first stage, with the experts looking at data and coming up with plans, attempting to see if the project can even be accomplished in the first place.
And, of course, the country does greatly need more water. The idea to build a huge, man-made mountain in Dubai so as to generate larger amounts of precipitations to fall on the country, taking advantage of the naturally occurring precipitation changes in mountainous areas. As you might expect, the mountain wasn’t the first idea.
In fact, the United Arab Emirates have been practicing many ways of attempting to increase the water supply and looking into many others. So far, the country is using desalination plants to convert salt water into fresh water. But that doesn’t seem to be enough.
So, the engineers hired for the endeavor are also looking into artificial cloud seeding. Artificially seeding clouds can be done in more way than one way, depending on the area’s climate. In cold environments, a substance is introduced into the clouds, causing water to freeze and then melt and rain down. In hotter areas, salt crystals are added to the clouds in order to attract water.
And this isn’t actually the furthest we’ve gone in our attempts to change our environment. In fact, in case of a potential loss of our ozone layer (which keeps us safe from dangerous solar radiation), scientists have a bunch of ash rockets on stand-by. The ash from rockets would completely cover up the atmosphere, blocking the harmful radiation. But let’s hope it won’t come to that.
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