Disasters & Extreme Weather towing icebergs

Published on July 8th, 2013 | by Zachary Shahan

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Towing Icebergs For Water… Seriously (VIDEO)

I first heard about the idea of towing icebergs for water a couple years ago when one of our writers covered the potential water crisis solution. The idea came from an engineer named Georges Mougin back in the 1970s. The idea was that towing icebergs for water for those suffering from severe droughts could be a cost effective solution to those suffering from such crises.

Sound crazy? It sounded crazy to me, but a French firm, Dassault Systems, thought it was worthy of more than a laugh or a “wow, that’s interesting.” Back in 2011, a simulation by the firm found that it could be done in under 5 months… but that it would cost about $10 million.

Nonetheless, the results “reinvigorated Mougin,” who was 86 at the time, and he started trying to raise money for such an effort. The idea doesn’t seem to be completely off the table, as Dassault Systems has a new video out about the intriguing concept (see above).





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  • BNDjapan

    There is an episode of the popular kids animation Barbapapas on this.

    The
    Barbapapas help a group of whales against evil whalers and as a thank
    you they help them push an iceberg back to the Barbapapa’s home (usually
    looking lush southern France but looking more like Saudi Arabia in this
    episode) which is experiencing a drought. Everyone enjoys a drink of
    ice water, waters their sunflowers and waves goodbye to the whales! No
    nuclear desalination systems or diesel-belching towing vessels involved.
    :)))

    This promotion video makes a hilarious contrast to that! :))))

    • http://zacharyshahan.com/ Zachary Shahan

      Ha, fun :D

  • Daniel Higgins
    • http://zacharyshahan.com/ Zachary Shahan

      Thanks! :D

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