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United Arab Emirates to build a mountain

The United Arab Emirates is considering proposals for an artificial mountain that could help increase the country's rainfall.
Researchers are exploring different approaches to creating more rain in the country and are constructing an artificial mountain, which would increase cloud production and make it possible to create rain on demand. The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in the US are understood to have received a $400,000 grant towards a detailed study exploring whether it would work. They are looking to evaluate the effects on weather through the type of mountain, by height and slope is. No location has yet been set for the mountain, as the NCAR team is exploring various options. Though they are still busy finalising assimilation, and are doing a spread of all kinds of heights, widths and locations. There is also no indication yet as to how much it would cost, but Bruintjes admits the project will only go ahead if they can develop a proposal that isn't too expensive for the government. The UAE government spent a reported $558,000 (£400,000) on cloud seeding last year. But the Arab country is no stranger to ambitious construction projects. It is currently home to the world's tallest building, the SOM-designed Burj Khalifa, and an artificial island shaped like a palm tree. Other major projects in the works include a colossal observation tower, an underwater hotel and a revolving skyscraper powered by wind turbines.
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