The Coastal Post - November, 1997

Bubbles Could Tame The Waves

Can a few bubbles of air, released underwater, save your property from the effects of El Nino? "Yes," says Dr. Win Wenger, an inventor and author who has posted his Beachbuilding invention on the web (http://www.winwenger/com/beachbuilder.htm).

Briefly: Drill holes in a few lengths of hose or pipe, suspend these underwater by buoy and anchor just before a storm, a few yards offshore, and connect to an air compressor to pump air through. The resulting curtain of air bubbles will stop the violence of the waves, though it won't stop the high water.

Beachbuilder's curtain of bubbles will also help deposit beach sand for many yards of fresh new beach instead of letting the storm erode the beach away.

"The bubbles," says Wenger, "slow the water and make it drop its sediment load, much like a snow fence slows the wind and makes it drop its load in its lee before the snow can drift and pile over the highway."

Another invention, one which dampens down the storm itself, called the Wenger Hurricane-Stopper (http://www.botree.com/articles/hurricane.htm). It releases air bubbles from deeper, colder layers of sea water which underlie the warmer surface waters and makes the water turn over, bringing the colder waters to the top and starving the storm of its main source of energy.

These two inventions are so simple, so easy to deploy, that there is plenty of time between now and January to put them in place.

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