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Innovator tackling water crisis with "Ice Stupas"

Jun 19, 2017, 7:19 AM EDT
Chewang Norphel Sonam Wangchuk pioneered artificial glaciers in Ladakh, India.
(Source: News Agency/flickr)

A company, called Ice Stupa, has come up with a unique solution to tackle water crisis in rural Indian communities. The company is creating artificial glaciers from Himalayan ice, which goes waste down the streams and rivers, to provide nearby villages in Ladakh with a fresh source of water sustaining them longer into the summers.

The idea, conceived by an engineer Sonam Wangchuk, has earned him a prestigious £80,000 innovation prize, writes The Guardian.

The mammoth artificial glaciers, named Ice Stupa, range from 30 to 50 meters in height and melt slowly in summers owing to their canonical shape inspired by nature, notes Design Boom.

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