Artificial Glaciers in the Himalayan Desert

In Ladakgh, the northern province of India, engineers are building vertical, stupa-shaped glaciers to capture melt water for the spring planting season. This ingenious application of simple physics (water flows downhill) requires no pumps or electricity, only water pipes buried in the ground carrying water downhill from the source to the glacial "stupa." Gravity flow carries the water to the top of the mound where it exits in a mist and freezes on the bare trees and wire below, creating an ice mountain. In May the melting stupa is used to irrigate crops.

Posted on 10 Dec 2017 by tclauset

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