China is building a low-cost rain making system to attract more rain to its Tibetan plateau. The country is the first in the world to attempt such a large-scale application of the technology.
“The chambers burn solid fuel to produce silver iodide, a cloud-seeding agent with a crystalline structure much like ice,” South China Morning Post reported.
The chambers will be built over a total area of around 1.6 million square kilometers (620,000 square miles), which is some three times the size of Spain.
“[So far,] more than 500 burners have been deployed on alpine slopes in Tibet, Xinjiang and other areas for experimental use. The data we have collected show very promising results,” a researcher working on the system told the South China Morning Post.
The system is being developed by the state-owned China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation.