Towering nearly 830 metres up, thein Dubai – part of the United Arab Emirates – is a marvel of engineering, and the world’s tallest building, for now.
It may soon pale in comparison to a new megastructure in the desert nation – the UAE, with the help of the US National Center for Atmospheric Research, is considering building a mountain to increase rainfall. The study is only beginning, but the researchers expect to have the first modelling results – showing necessary height and slope – this summer.
While the idea of an artificial mountain may seem outrageous, this isn’t the first time it has surfaced. In 2009 awas proposed for wildlife in Berlin, and in 2011 a Dutch group took a serious look at . While neither got off the drawing board, research concluded that they could be done.
A mountain in the UAE,, wouldn’t be for animal habitats or skiing, however, but to trigger cloud formation and much-needed rainfall, with some help from . Increasing water demand in the country, combined with , takes a toll on a total annual rainfall that averages 75 millimetres. Hence the heavy use of energy-intensive and often polluting desalination plants in the region.
is growing. That is no surprise, as anthropogenic …
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