This engineer has come up with an awe-inspiring method of providing freshwater to his village during the dry season.
Sonam Wangchuck is an engineer who lives in Ladakh: a village that sits 11,500 feet up in the southern Himalayas.
Since the village depends on mountain glacial runoff as their primary source of freshwater, Ladakh struggles with drought in the springtime. Combined with the effects of climate change, the region has often been at the mercy of nature.
That is, until Sonam created the village’s first ice stupa – also known as an ice pyramid, or an artificial glacier.
Sonam created a pipeline that ran from the freshwater sources over a mile…
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