The United Arab Emirates is planning to install an artificial mountain so as to enhance the probability of precipitation. Yes, they are planning to build a mountain now! like floating villas, an underwater tennis stadium, and the world’s biggest indoor water park was not enough.
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The flat terrain of the deserts makes it impossible for the air to climb to a significant height so as to form clouds. The underlying idea is that the artificial mountain will push the air upwards, giving it enough altitude to form rain clouds. When seeded, the clouds could then cause rainfall. Theoretically, the idea could transform a barren desert into a lush green pasture.
It is not the first ambitious environmental transformation that the UAE officials have embarked upon. The Gulf state is well-known for its artificial islands and other artificial ecological features. The key factors determining the future of the project will be the cost and technological feasibility.
Even if the UAE government undertakes this project, the endeavor would result in the biggest ever permanent ecological transformation, triggered artificially. Now we have to sit back and see the mountain being built.