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So it's never warm at Vostok station, so ice, and perhaps
the solution-looking-for-a-problem that is Pykrete, are
and useful building materials. What are we going to
A massive great mountain. To do this, we're going to
a couple of power stations, nuclear for preference.
the shore as a pumping station, and another at the site
a second pumping station and general power station.
Then, we're going to start pumping water. A team of
robots dragging big hoses around take care of spraying
water about in a nice square. I'm thinking a square, of
about 100km per side. Then, build another, until you
a 40km-tall stepped pyramid. You can't go much taller
because the atmosphere get's a little close to 0 (unless
much colder over the antarctic). Why build it? not sure,
it's cool, you could probably get some pretty-atmosphere
free images with a nice telescope, although you're not
going to cover much sky with a polar location. You could
possibly use it to put a space launch track up the side,
again, not the ideal location. Mountain climbers would
probably like it.
A perhaps similarly-shaped Idea
Also, it has hollows inside, so the lower levels don't get squished until they flow like a glacier. [Vernon, Jan 27 2013]
Ice, ice baby
[theircompetitor, Jan 27 2013]
Great Pykrete Pyramid of Ellesmere
*ahem* 2009 [BunsenHoneydew, Aug 09 2016]
||Not that you shouldn't try of course, but I think you'd run out of water before you ran out of atmosphere.
||meh, this one's only 133,000 cubic kilometers or so.
||throw in a few fancy materials, not much maybe a
couple of diagonal steel cables here and a bit more
Pykrete there. Also, if it expands slowly enough, it
doesn't matter, we'll just add more to the top.
||Apparently, yes, that again - [link]
||//a 40km-tall stepped pyramid.// So, what is the
pressure at the base of the pyramid? What is the
melting point of water at that pressure? And how
cold would the ice have to be to prevent plastic
deformation under those temperatures?