Sonam Wangchuk: An Ice Fountain Brings Water to the Himalayan Desert
by Teresa Krug
“I’m working on [how to adapt to] life without glaciers. I’ve already started experiments to see what can be done with very little rain. I won’t go into details, but this is about mixing the sandy soil with clays and humus to make any rain that falls on it last for months, caught and absorbed in the clays—so that it is moist until the next rain, even if it is several months later. That we are doing with some success. We’ve been able to plant trees in total desert, with no watering even from ice stupas, and they are still surviving after two years.”
Will this engineer’s “ice stupa” come to symbolize climate change adaptation?
Guernica Magazine Source url: https://www.guernicamag.com/sonam-wangchuk-an-ice-fountain-brings-water-to-the-himalayan-desert
Stupa being created