Amazing “Green Machine” Mobile City Concept Transforms Deserts into Lush Oases

by , 07/01/14
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In 2007, the UN declared that desertification is one of the world’s biggest environmental challenges that lead to widespread famine and economic instability. Malka’s thought experiment is a provoking proposal that probes the untapped potential of these sterile lands. “The Green Machine” ambitiously tackles some of the world’s most pressing issues, including overpopulation, loss of farmable land, and dwindling fossil fuels, with a nomadic, self-sustaining city machine that doubles as agriculture infrastructure.

Related: Seed-planting Tumbleed Robot Draws from Nature to Fight Desertification

To take advantage of the Sahara’s intense sunlight, the project is equipped with giant solar towers to provide electricity and nine balloons that produce a steady water supply from air condensation, two-thirds of which will be used for irrigation. The Green Machine’s caterpillar treads will also be able to plow and optimize the soil profile for farming, before injecting the land with water, fertilizer, and cereal seeds. While it is unlikely that Malka’s thought experiment will ever come to fruition, it could stimulate more discussion and the development of more feasible answers to these major global issues.

+ Stephane Malka

Via Gizmodo

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  1. deniswm October 4, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    All jocking aside, such a machine faces the problems of sand storms, and how to secure the sandy environment to prevent wind erosion causing the creation of sand hills and valleys. large established well rooted plants normally secures the landscape. Although large fencing and windbreaks could help, at an extra expense.

  2. Scott Batson March 28, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    Zodanga, lite?

  3. feline74 March 24, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    The Jawas called–they want their sandcrawler back.

    All seriousness aside, such a machine might be better off planting nitrogen-fixing plants- edible or not- to start the process of building the dirt back into soil.

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