The Foggy Stuff

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Can you actually drink fog? Well, not exactly, but because fog is made up of tiny droplets of water, it has the potential to convert into drinking water, and this of great benefit to communities who live in the drier parts of our world.

Fog is thick cloud, suspended near the Earth’s surface. It appears when the air cools to the dew point and condenses to be like a visible blanket of watery air. It often forms overnight as the air temperature cools and is common where there is high humidity. Some people find fog a problem. It can linger for hours and it can also cause poor visibility for drivers. But recently fog has proven to be the giver of life – a source of fresh water in arid areas where there is little rainfall.

Watch the following video set in the mountains of Peru, South America, where the notion of capturing fog is transforming the life of the community.

 

Take a look at the main video – how Chile is also benefitting from the use of fog nets!

 

Fog nets can be found in number of countries including Yemen, Chile and Nepal.  In fact, where deserts lie, the nets can be used to capture all moisture that develops when the hot air cools dramatically at night and converts to dew (water droplets).

 

Digging Deeper

 

Access to water is only one of the issues people face. In some parts of the world, water is nearby but is not clean enough to drink. Dig deeper into this issue by reading from The Water Project website which explains the problems and solutions for gaining safe drinking water.

 

https://thewaterproject.org/water_scarcity
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