Farmers in arid places, including Death Valley in California, pictured, could soon have a cure for droughts that cause problems to their crops in the form of powdered water.
Engineers Create Material Capable of Storing Water in Soil for a YEAR
JULY 17, 2013
Farmers in arid countries could soon have a cure for the droughts that blight their crops - in the form of powdered water.
The powder, called Solid Rain, looks like sugar and is made of an absorbent material called potassium polyacrylate, capable of soaking in liquids up to 500 times its size.
The water absorbed by the polymer can be stored for up to a year without evaporating - the only time it is extracted is when it is by the roots of plants when the can be added to soils to produce water for plants.
Solid Rain was created by Mexican chemical engineer Sergio Jésus Rico Velasco.Read more: Daily Mail