Houston, We’ve Got a Dome!

Jeffrey Braun
October 17th 2009

Houston, Texas, the fourth-largest city in the U.S., has always been vulnerable to severe weather and heat. A 2 million-square-meter dome should protect downtown from hurricanes and regulate the climate, though only covering 0,33% of the total Houston area.

Scientists made up plans to cover a part of the city with a polymer structure manufactured in Germany. Compared to glass, the light and durable material (ETFE) that withstands winds up to 290 km/h, is only 1% the weight.

A video at Discovery Channel shows how maybe one day this giant structure will save Houston from a terrible natural disaster.

On a different note, what will the weather be like inside the bubble? Will artificial rain still evoke the same reactions?

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7 comments

joni
Posted 04/06/2013 – 23:47

there are no earthquakes in Houston

mysheep000
Posted 27/02/2010 – 08:22

what if their an earthquake?? still it safe??

Kellie
Posted 20/10/2009 – 19:11

Not exactly true, Martin. Though your response made me actually Laugh-out-loud, Houston is thriving habitat for over 50 species of mosquitoes.

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