Are you familiar
with the phrase, "Glacier Management"? No? Not to worry
I made it up. Along with that I predict that if it does not soon
become as commonplace as say "Parks Management" then we
will certainly have to endure the phenominon of "Glacier Extinction"
Note: The water that quenches half a billion of us started off
in mountain glaciers. And the water that begins to raise the
oceans above their sea walls is being released from glaciers at
the two poles. Here's an example of what glacier management might
entail - for Horizontal Glagiers.
1 - Doze the top of a glacier until it is pretty smooth (i.e. CLICK)
2 - Further smooth the surface by pretending it is a massive ice
3 - Nail double facing reflective plastic filament
onto the freshly smoothed ice.
Then from time to time send in the Glacier Maintenance Crew to make
certain the filament is holding up and the glacier getting on as
well as can be expected. This should keep it alive until 'they'
decide to tackle global warming.
Here for Vertical
many of us - going the wrong way
1990 Elf Aquitain, the French petroleam company, sponsored a design
competition looking to come up with a solution for their single
skin tankers (they were moving to the safer double skin tankers),
but wanted to find an alternative to scrapping their retiring tankers
on the beaches of Bangladesh, resulting in the discharge of tons
of toxic materials into the sea and onto the beaches. Our design
was for creating a 6 tanker raft, in which only the centre rear
tanker was engined - the hulls were connected via energy generating
absorbent structures, powering electric steering motors in the foward
external huls. Designed either for hauling water/ goods south, raw
materials/grain/minerals/ general cargo north OR for providing housing
for an experimental floating community [´experimental`
in the sense that if global warming is not reversed, melting glaciers
will raise our oceans to submerge virtually all coastal settlement
- might as well begin trying alternate survival methods.]. We
won an honourable mention.