This slideshow shows how existing components can be used to remediate and offset ice and snow melting in the Arctic



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    This is a great idea, you could also cover the whole arctic with kitchen foil for even more effect.

    so my understanding is that you rig up snow machines to lay down snow in areas that are rapidly melting? Wouldnt the new snow just melt with the old snow just as fast?

    No.Manufactured snow is denser than natural snow and takes longer to melt

    an guess what snow machines use electricity and where does that come from....

    My apologies for not answering sooner...a bout in hospital is my excuse!

    The wind turbines are complete with their generators, which in turn provide the power for the snow machines via heavy duty electrical cables. The turbines are on aircushion barges so they can be moved around to wherever they are needed. Essentially, if there is a good snow cover there is no need for remediation, it is only these areas where earth or rock is exposed absorbing the sun's radiaton that need the snow cover to provide the albedo effect. Also open water creates a problem so the turbines on their air cushion barges can be floated out to the nearest ice shelf and use the wind power to steadily increase the ice and snow cover out over the open water to improve (again) the albedo effect.

    oh my thanks on that great explanation and i hope you are better

    Sweet! But this is still just "buying time," right? It can't be a solution... Can it?

    My apologies for not answering sooner...a bout in hospital is my excuse!

    Yes this is buying time, until we can figure out how to handle the effects of global warming on food production. We have many hybridized food stuffs which grow well in the benign climate conditions which prevailed over the past 100 years or so, and since we would have to hybridize them again because of climate changes we need a bit more time to accomplish that. It is not the complete solution....our wee planet has gone through several changes over the past 10's of thousands of years, but since we have the technology to at least try these ideas at a lot less cost than bailing out banks and auto companies it would be prudent to at least run a pilot scheme as suggested.

    its helps undo what we did. not completely but it would help. the main problem is is that as the more snow uncovered and the more earth shown, the faster the process goes. its kinda scary. sense snow is a very good reflector of sun heat, and normal ground and sea is the worst. so the more it melts, the more heat we get from the sun, which makes the snow melt faster. i forget what the curve is called. heres an example:

    1.....The albedo value--i.e., the percentage of solar radiation that is reflected from a surface--of sea water is only 5-10%, whereas the albedo value of fresh snow is 80-90%. Accordingly, once the disintegration of an ice sheet has proceeded to the point where free water surfaces appear, the rate of further disintegration is very much accelerated due to the low albedo value of open sea water. 2...Solution is to reinstate snow and ice cover and delay the melting of the Arctic Ice Cap beyond the September crisis level. 3...So we'll make snow. First of all we'll do that in the marked locations since these are the ones which provoke rapid melting. 4...And how are we going to do that? We'll use 2 MegaWatt Wind turbines and electrically powered snow blowers to manufacture snow to deepen the coverage in selected areas. 5...As the Arctic Winds blow so does the snow coverage increase courtesy of the WindTurbines (and of course by normal Arctic Snowfall). 6...Turbine Foundations littering the Arctic are nullified by using Hoverbarges to move the Turbines to location and using the Hoverbarge Platforms as the foundations. 7....As one location is remediated, the Hoverbarges can be brought on cushion and moved to new locations. 8....Support vehicles (such as SnowCats) and other equipment would all be electrically powered since the Wind Turbines have the generators anyway. 9...Manufactured snow has a higher density than natural snow and compacts more, so it takes longer to melt. 10..Most of the locations are in Canada, so it becomes somewhat of a Canadian project 11..A pilot Proof of Concept could be cobbled around one of the Wind Turbines at Port Burwell on Lake Erie...a localised project in Ontario, Canada That's the Basics....