Why artificial glaciers are needed and how they are created

(ORDO NEWS) — In another way, artificial glaciers are called ice stupas. These structures actually help the planet and humanity a lot.

Artificial glaciers are created when there is a shortage of water in any area. This makes it possible to avoid drought in the summer and mitigate the effects of global warming.

Such glaciers are made using an irrigation system that is designed to store fresh water. This water will later be used in hot weather.

Such development, for example, has become a lifesaver for farmers in the spring, during the planting season in Ladakh (a region located on the edge of the Himalayas).

Almost 300 thousand people live in this territory, but only about 10 cm of precipitation falls per year.

In addition, as shown by a study published in Cryosphere, over the 2010s, our planet has lost more than 1.2 trillion tons of ice. And from 1994 to 2017, the Earth lost 28 trillion tons.

To solve this problem, experts came up with the idea of ​​freezing and storing fresh water in large structures. The author of this technology is Sonam Wangchuck.

The creation of an artificial glacier takes place in five stages.

1- Supply of fresh water in winter. Water is supplied from a high slope, and it passes through polyethylene pipes.

2- The transition of water into an iron pipe. From the polyethylene structure, water is directed to a vertical pipe made of galvanized iron.

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3- Pumping water when the temperature drops. When the temperature drops at night, water is pumped through the sprinkler at the top of the iron pipe

4- The formation of a stalagmite-like structure. This happens after all the water has frozen. Also, as ice accumulates, it is possible to add additional pipelines to the structure to store more water

5- Release of fresh water. When it gets warmer, the ice gradually begins to melt. As a result, local residents have a source of fresh water suitable for irrigation


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