Artificial icebergs to save Arctic

Artificial icebergs to save Arctic

March 03, 2021

Indonesians propose to fight the melting of the Arctic with artificial icebergs.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. Although the summer was not abnormally hot, numerous fires significantly affected the melting of the northern ice. The area of ​​ice in the Arctic was 4.15 million square kilometers.

The shrinking ice cover this year shows that sea ice has not started to recover. This suggests that the Arctic ice will continue to shrink in the long term.

The Arctic contains about 10 percent of all the ice on the planet. However, its number in the region is constantly changing. The ice cap melts in summer and recovers in winter.

Another factor that affects the state of glaciation is global warming. Due to climatic changes in the last 20-30 years, the ice in the Arctic zone is decreasing. The complete disappearance of ice blocks will lead to the fact that the level of the world’s oceans will rise, which will be disastrous for the planet.

Indonesian designers have proposed their own way to deal with the reduction of the northern polar ice. A group of activists presented a project for a submarine that would freeze ice in Arctic waters.

The idea of ​​the authors is as follows: submarines collect ocean water, then rise to the surface, where they freeze and release icebergs into free swimming. Ice blocks with a volume of 2073 cubic meters each will be sent through a special hatch. In this case, the water for the manufacture of hexagonal icebergs will be freshened by the submarine, so the ice will freeze faster. However, at the end of each cycle, the recovered salt is planned to be returned to the ocean. Man-made blocks may be combined into single floes. The machine will take a month to make one iceberg.

Among other things, they want to place a research center on an unusual submarine. The head of the design team, Faris Rajak Kotahatuhaha, believes that re-icebergization will help increase the ice cover, and therefore, reduce the rate of warming of the oceans and the planet’s temperature.

Text: Vera Karpenko, Photo: open sources

March 03, 2021

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