Science: Towing Icebergs

Cold comfort in Iowa

Calving off their mother glaciers, sliding into the water with a sound like thunder and drifting into shipping lanes, icebergs have long been regarded mainly as hazards to navigation. But the bergs may have a use, after all. For the past few years planners in the parched lands of the Middle East and South America —not to mention more than a few drought-bedeviled Californians—have been toying with ideas for towing icebergs from the Antarctic to arid areas where they could be melted for their pure, fresh water (TIME, March 7). Last week scientists from 18 nations gathered at...

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