"Ross A. Finlayson" wrote:
> Perhaps it is possible to modify wind currents using various methods. If that
> is so, then perhaps water also, if not because it is a gaseous versus a liquid
That doesn't parse well. Do you mean to modify ocean currents? Since
they are driven by very massive salinity and temperature variations
across thousands of kilometers, it would be difficult to influence
them. Air is a thousand times easier to work with (literally, by
density) and convection has a vertical scale of only 11 km or so.
> The cell tower you describe sounds like a lightning rod for hurricanes.
Yes, intended to dissipate the energy continuously rather than
catastrophically. Ya gotta admire the sheer scale of the megaengineering
concept- hundreds of miles-tall towers, whirring with wind and hydro
turbines, vacuuming up all flying creatures near the base and hurling
them skyward. (This would also include small aircraft and wayward
On the gripping hand, suppressing hurricanes could be as bad
ecologically as suppressing fires in the forests of North America has
been- the current system is evolved not just to accommodate storms, but
likely requires them.
-- Doug Jones Rocket Plumber, XCOR Aerospace http://www.xcor-aerospace.com
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