When I was in grammar school, I’d read about a plan to transport polar ice to middle eastern countries to provide them with fresh water. Basically, the plan was to cut giant slabs into a barge-like shape, wrap them in plastic, and tow them to the Middle East… The theory was, the large mass, wrapped in plastic, would survive the trip without melting completely.
After not hearing about it for a few years, the subject came up again, and was ridiculed – “Yeah, they tried it, it melted” And I was like, “Bu … but … they calculated, and it would have made the trip” Nope. Wrong. Next question.
The plan is even mentioned in the 80’s movie Brewsters Millions, as one of the crackpot inventions Richard Pryor’s character decides to waste his money on. “It’ll melt and he knows it” barks John Candy’s character.
So if it was so obvious, why was the idea even … um … floated? Who planned it, who bankrolled it, who’d calculations were so very far off, and what happened to the idea.
It comes to my mind again because of the news story about weakening hurricanes by towing an iceberg into their path to deprive them of warm water and air.