There are many forms of thirst.
Nearly each genuine advance, whether based on old ideas or new, encounters greater difficulties than expected, but also becomes valuable in more contexts than expected.
The very ideas that visionaries espoused, towing icebergs for example, were non-viable.
who steered their vessels through storms and mists, and increased our
knowledge of the lands of ice in the South.
And gather the floods as in a cup, and pour them again at a city's drouth
The palms that wave, the streams that burst, his last mirage, Caravan !
And one — the bird-voiced Singing-man — shall fall behind thee. Caravan !
And God shall meet him in the night, and he shall sing as best he can.
James Elroy Flecker Song of the East Gate Warden
Ocean-going tugboats are built for two purposes: to tow huge inanimate objects across the ocean at a snail's pace or to slam
ahead at full speed into the teeth of a gale to come to the assistance of a vessel in distress. Of the two, it is hard to say which is the most
exciting. Personally, I found the long slow trips towing a dry-dock, a dredger or even a whole factory in the shape of a tin-dredger a more exacting experience than the salvage business. For, during the long trips, the officer of the watch develops a tendency to gaze astern instead of ahead, which he will find a difficult habit to lose. When, later, he is on watch on any other ship's bridge, pacing up and down at the comfortable walking speed that is the secret of relaxation, he will often experience a sinking feeling in the pit of his stomach on seeing the empty wake.
Jan de Hartog A Sailor's Life
The natural lifespan of a large tabular berg in sub-polar water, if it has a mean diameter of kilometres, is a few years, which is too short for towing even if towing were practical, and what is more, if we put everything we had into towing it, its lifespan probably would drop to less than a year. We would be putting all that effort into re-dissolving nearly all that water back into the sea instead of delivering it to a thirsty land.
Ensuring that the jacket would survive the trip long enough would be a serious challenge in itself; wave erosion and impact are shockingly powerful forces. Amylose film rather than non-biodegradable plastic plastic jacketing might do the trick, but I am not sure that it any realistic plastic jacketing would last well enough on the business leg of the trip. At present amylose certainly would be too costly, but one never knows...
or half empty — and instead acknowledge that there's not
quite enough water to go around.
Jacques Yves Cousteau
to do something about it, not when it's around your neck.
Such capture of carbon dioxide is regarded as very, very important, fresh water or no fresh water.
When the going gets tough the tough gets going.
After retrieving the valuable equipment for the next sheet of course.
Because of contact with the seawater such molten ice would be brack, but as noted elsewhere in this article, even reasonably brack water is valuable. Depending on the most profitable options, it either could be delivered to market directly, or pumped into ponds on the shelf surface to freeze into plates of usable purified ice in winter.
by excrement, kills a child every fifteen seconds. That's more than AIDS,
malaria, or measles, combined. Human feces are an impressive weapon
of mass destruction.
Meanwhile the tugs could have returned polewards, taking previously emptied vessels with them. Possibly they might have fetched a few more full loads on successive journeys by the time their previous load had been consumed.
You know, back in 1965, if someone said to the average person, 'You know
in thirty years you are going to buy water in plastic bottles and pay more for
that water than for gasoline?' Everybody would look at you like you're
completely out of your mind.
and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an exalted activity
will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy: neither its pipes
nor its theories will hold water.
John W. Gardner
whether it is the waves or a waterfall.
the storm did not abate, we agreed to trust to God, Our Lord, and rather
risk the perils of the sea than wait there for certain death from thirst.
Alvar N. C. de Vaca
However, the cheapest, fastest and most sustainable desalination is the purification of large volumes of slightly brack water. It certainly is better and cheaper than trying to desalinate seawater.