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Professor Stephen Salter of the University of Edinburgh believes that a device made from discarded car tires could prevent the formation of superstorms such as Hurricane Sandy. He calls his invention the “Salter Sink“, and it’s essentially a wave-powered pump made of car tires lashed together to form a giant 80-100 meter ring that is filled with a buoyant material, such as foamed concrete. Ocean waves push hot water onto the top of the cylinder, and then gravity pushes it 200 feet below, where it mixes with cooler water, reducing the surface temperature of the ocean and resulting evaporation that causes potentially devastating low pressure systems to form. Salter claims that his wave-powered devices could yield heat transfer rates of up to 10 billion watts, making them a powerful force in mitigating the formation of storms.

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