Mikaila Wahl:Wrapping Greenland

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Mikaila Wahl:Wrapping Greenland


Solution- The solution is and invention called wrapping Greenland and it is a blanket that reflects sunlight and heat and traps the cool air underneath it to stop glacier melting.

1. The blanket has to keep the ice from melting2. The blanket cannot blow away3. The blanket has to be strong4. We have to find if hemp or plastic is a better material for the blanket5. We need to find out how fast Greenland’s glaciers are melting

My machines name is called wrapping Greenland. My machine is a special type of blanket that is supposes to stop the melting of glaciers. The point of this machine was that they think that global warming will result in the melting of glaciers and that will cover the world in water because 75% of the earths water is in glaciers and also in places where the glaciers provide water there will be severe droughts. The blanket they used is made out of a special material called plastic. They believe that this material will reflect the light and heat and trap the cool air underneath so the glacier can’t melt. To use this machine you lay it out on top of a glacier to prevent glacier melting. Their plan is to cover just the outside of the glaciers on the melt zones and that should stop the glacier melt of thee whole glacier. They are testing this prototype in Greenland on the Greenland ice cap. They tested it by covering a section of ice and after seeing how much the ice around it has melt. On their first try the ice around the blanket melted two feet but the ice covered by the blanket stayed pretty much the same even though their was 6 inches of snow on top of it. Wrapping Greenland has passed the test even though most of the other geo machines have been sent back to the drawing board. So that is what my invention wrapping Greenland is all about.

Problem- Glaciers are melting due to global warming and scientists think that if this doesn’t stop half the world will be covered in water and half the world will be a desert.

1.Testing: Material for the blanket that stops the ice from meltingTest: Put the blanket over the melt zones and record on video to see if it melts.Passes: It passes if the ice under the blanket does not melt.2. Testing: Material for the blanket that can stand the elements.Test: A wind machine will blow hurricane force winds and then a truck of snow and ice will be dumped in to its path to resemble a blizzard.Passes: It passes if the blanket does not blow away or break.3. Testing: Material for the blanket that is strong.Test: Run a bulldozer over the blanket.Passes: It passes if the blanket does not break.4. Testing: Materials for the blanket, Plastic vs. HempTest: Do all of the tests above with plastic and hemp.Passes: The material that that passes the most tests is the one the blanket will be made of. (Plastic was the better material.)5. Test: How fast the ice is meltingTest: Put a monitor under the ground to see how fast the ice melts.Passes: Record the data and if it slows the melting down.

Discovery Channel "Discovery Project Earth": Discovery Channel: Science, History, Space , Tech, Sharks, News. 2010 web. 14 Dec. 2010.

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