Cape Town, like other areas in South Africa, has been going through a dry spell for an extended period now. The situation has left residents with severe water shortage, and the city’s officials are currently thinking of new ways find clean, fresh water.
Among the proposals put on the table is the idea to send tankers down south to Antarctica and lasso a giant iceberg then haul it northwards to the shores of Cape Town. Once the iceberg makes it to the shores, it will then be chipped off into small pieces, filtered and then pumped to people’s houses.
A climate scientist at the University of Cape Town, Peter Johnston, says while the city officials are not officially considering the idea, he thinks it is very viable. Johnston says Cape Town can get an iceberg 100 million tons (91 million metric tons) in size within a thousand miles south towards Antarctica.
The iceberg could be harnessed using a big belt and then towed across the ocean slowly by a tanker; it could also be towed using ocean currents and even kite sails. Once it docks at the Cape …read more