The plan of this organization is to protect the Arctic with glass microspheres

Protecting the Arctic has become a priority. To try the most unique ideas are proposed, one of them is the use of glass microspheres.

The ice sheet that covers the Arctic Ocean melts into forced marches. Each time faster. In Greenland, the icy surface **** melts six times faster than four decades ago. In just five days last August, 60,000 million tons of ice were lost in the polar cap.

There are even more catastrophic estimates. One of those that handle academic circles is that since 1979, Arctic ice has lost 75% of its volume. The problem for the environment is very serious. But it is that the impact goes beyond and would affect the general balance of the planet.

Nor can the consequences be ignored economically. Letting the Arctic Ocean thaw would mean losses of 70 billion (of the Spanish) dollars. Hence, all kinds of solutions to protect the Arctic are investigated. And one of the most creative comes from the non-profit organization Ice911.

It is about sowing the icy surface of small glass microspheres, so that they reflect sunlight. The thaw problem is cumulative. The hotter it is, the more ice is lost. But it is also that the icy surface reflects the sun’s rays. This prevents the Earth’s temperature from rising. But if these rays are not reflected, the increase in degrees has no brake.

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Glass microspheres aim to fulfill this function of reflecting sunlight. They are composed of silicon and oxygen and are not dangerous for the natural environment. Its physical appearance is more like grains of sand.

A long way
Those responsible for the project, in Ice911, have tested in ice cubes and then in the mountains of the Sierra Nevada, Minnesota. Only two years ago they have begun to take the glass microspheres to the Arctic, in the part of Alaska. The studies carried out pointed out that the method increased the reflection of the ice and its thickness.

The researchers plan to use their method to restore part of the Arctic ice reflection. They calculate that in this way they could increase the temperature 1.5 degrees in much of the ocean, which is also suffering from other problems, such as plastic pollution.

His plan, of course, is not to extend glass microspheres along the 2.5 million square kilometers of the Arctic. Based on data models, the researchers analyze where microspheres may have a greater impact on the reflection of sunlight.

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