United Arab Emirates May Build A Mountain To Make It Rain
United Arab Emirates is no longer stranger to ambitious mega- project. Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world currently or the Palm Jumeirah, the artificial archipelago in the shape of palm tree near Dubai.
Building a mountain would stand out of an ambitious plan for UAE’s.
According to the Dubai-based publication Arabian Business, UAE is in the early stage to build man-made mountain and could help maximize rainfall in the country.
US National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) to study the ideas,’’ What we are looking at is basically evaluating the effects on weather through the type of mountain, how high it should be and how the slopes should be’’, Roelof Bruintjes of NCAR told Arabian Business. ‘’ we will have a report of the first phase this summer as an initial step’’.
Arabian Business recently reported that around $558,000 has been spent on 186 cloud seeding missions across in UAE last year. Research Programme for Rain Enhancement Science recently announced a $5 million research giant for teams studying the technology.
Cloud seeding isn’t the only idea being pursued. Country has created a number of huge desalination plans to create fresh water from seawater. More ambitious ideas include a pipeline from Pakistan or icebergs floated down from the Artic.
Effects of mountain in UAE
Mountains can have a major effect on rainfall and could in theory. At least be used to trap rainfall in a certain area. UAE does have some mountains in the far northern part of the country. The idea of building a mountain is certainly a huge imagination for UAE generation which also sounds appealing.
United Arab Emirates has spent $400,000 investigating the idea. Speaking to Arabian Business, Bruintjes of NCAR admitted that the eventual cost of the project may eventually to be much for the UAE.
‘’ Building a mountain is not a simple thing,’’ he said.