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Icebergs may be used as a source of the purest fresh water! 10/23/2015 •

Humankind is on the edge of a catastrophe: people in many countries suffer from lack of fresh water. Scientists from all over the world are trying hard to find a reasonable solution to the problem.


The situation is not a trifle one, as some of you might think. Just imagine, every sixth person in the world suffers from constant or regular lack of fresh water. The number of people is growing fast year by year. According to the recent data the demand for water increases almost by 64 million m3 annually.

When the water scarcity on the planet is really great, the humanity will face political and economic instability that may lead to armed conflicts.

However, some scientists believe that there is a source of pure fresh water that we should start using right now – icebergs! For example, every year 350 billion tons of ice break free from Greenland, the largest island on the Earth, and melt away in the salt ocean. Why not try to deliver these huge amounts of ice to those places and people that are in a great need of water? Wouldn’t it be a clever solution?

You are welcome to watch the video about one of the scientists who is greatly inspired by the idea and spends his whole life researching icebergs.

And what do you think about this idea? Remember to share your comments!

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27 Comments
Becky Medley
Becky Medley
Not sure.
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Oct 22, 2015 9:47PM
Mae Leslie
Mae Leslie
WOULDN'T TRANSPORTATION BE A PROBLEM? HOW ABOUT BEING ABLE TO USE FLOOD WATERS? I GUESS THE FLOOD WATER IS TOO FILLED WITH BACTERIAL AND OTHER UNDESIRABLE ELEMENTS.
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Oct 23, 2015 1:38AM
Annie Williams
Annie Williams
According to CDC and Dr. Oz, spring and iceberg water is unregulated and has bacteria in it that causes breast cancer in women. I do not drink bottled water.
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Oct 23, 2015 2:19AM
Judith Monroe
Great! Really destabilize the oceans! They will become to salinrized.... Fishes and other living things will die etc
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Oct 23, 2015 8:42PM
Douglas Lenarz
Douglas Lenarz
If the U.S. navy can desalinate enough water for a/an aircraft carrier (a small city). Why not do that for those areas that need it?
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Oct 23, 2015 8:55PM
michellerose
Actually, all that fresh water melt will destabilize the oceans. It drastically affects the currents, like the Gulf Stream flow that keeps England from freezing. Salinity isn't the problem, carbonization is.
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Oct 23, 2015 9:02PM
michellerose
Apart from the fact that towing a million ton iceberg into shipping lanes is not a good idea, the logistics of acquiring one, securing it and making sure it lasts long enough to get it to a port are very problematic. It's a great idea, but right now, we don't have the infrastructure to support it. It would take a hefty investment and if Exxon or Shell were run by intelligent humans instead of greedy, belligerent apes, they'd invest their money in THIS and not drilling in the Arctic. Not only would it be the best possible PR for them, they'd make a ton of money in the process. It would buy them almost unlimited political capital.
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Oct 23, 2015 9:07PM
Jason Burrous
Jason Burrous
You seem like the only one here thinking outside the box. I like your thoughts about desalinate the salt.
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Oct 23, 2015 9:38PM
Will C Barker
Will C Barker
How can they be pure, most of the atmosphere is a major mess of pollution
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Oct 23, 2015 10:02PM
Will C Barker
Will C Barker
Jason Burrous I like salt
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Oct 23, 2015 10:05PM
Will C Barker
Will C Barker
Alabama Becky
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Oct 23, 2015 10:05PM
Ivan Tomcho
Ivan Tomcho
I think it is an idea that is long overdue. Any way that we can utilize sources of fresh water must be done. I see a comment about the oceans becoming salinated if we use the icebergs actually melting freshwater into the oceans desalinates the water.
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Oct 23, 2015 11:33PM
Vasily Tchaikovsky
Vasily Tchaikovsky
michel is right it is not easy problem,we need be more responcible for water,every one !
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Oct 23, 2015 11:55PM
Ian MacBrown
I think transporting, melting and cleanig it would be logistically costly or else someone would be making money doing it already.
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Oct 24, 2015 11:17AM
Ian MacBrown
True, we have to consider that balance as well Judith.
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Oct 24, 2015 11:22AM

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