A United Arab Emirates company wants to tow an iceberg from Antarctica to the desert for drinking water, but is their plan feasible?

SeekerPublished: July 11, 2018
Published: July 11, 2018

There are some downright crazy schemes out there that defy common sense. Ready for one?

A United Arab Emirates company wants to tow 3.5 a million-ton iceberg from Antarctica and bring it back to their desert homeland. They want to use the iceberg as a tourist attraction and as a source of fresh, drinkable water for their citizens.

In the firm's splashy ad, animals in Antarctica come along for the ride too, including polar bears ...which don't actually live in Antarctica. But, okay, we'll play ball for a second. This is how iceberg towing could "work," based on the latest computer simulations.

An iceberg would be carefully selected for shape and size, and then it'd be fitted with a giant insulated skirt at the waterline. Then the berg would be pulled by a gigantic tugboat that would travel at a speed of roughly one knot...which means it would take 283 days of nonstop, full bore tugging, 24/7. In that time they estimate the iceberg would lose over 30% of its overall mass. This all sounds totally doable in theory, and that's exactly where this zany idea has existed for centuries: in theory.

 

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