16 Nov '11, 8pm

Mongolia to Create Giant, Experimental 'Ice Shields' to Trap the Winter Cold Until Summer

Mongolia to Create Giant, Experimental 'Ice Shields' to Trap the Winter Cold Until Summer

derekkeats via Flickr /CC BY-SA 2.0 This is a new one. The capital of Mongolia, Ulan Bator, will soon undergo one of the largest feats of ice-making ever attempted. The city will essentially cultivate a giant block of ice over the winter, so that it might strategically take advantage of the cold it releases as it melts in the summer. This mini-geoengineering experiment is set to begin in just a couple weeks, and scientists hope that it can prove an efficient way to cool off in warmer months -- they believe it can help negate the heat island effect, provide a controlled flow of cool water, and reduce energy demand from A/C units. Needless to say, anything that involves creating what is essentially a giant, year-round ice cube is sure to turn some heads. The Guardian explains how the whole operation will work : The project aims to artificially create "naleds" - ultra-thick s...

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