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Pycrete: Islands made from ice sawdust mixture.

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    In WWII the Brits and the US considered making a floating landing strip in the middle of the Atlantic. They were going to use a ice/sawdust material that might be relevant for the seasteading idea. Check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pycrete

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    Thanks for the response, whol1917!

    I followed your link, but couldn’t find anything about pycrete there. I also searched Seastead Institute’s forums, and didn’t find anything about pycrete except my message.

    To adress pycrete’s practicality –

    1) It has already been tested as a robust material, provided refridgeration.

    2) Placing a large mold containing sawdust and refridgeration equipment in summer arctic water could economically create a shaped pycrete platform after the winter thaw.

    3) Skinned with super-insulating areogel (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aerogel), such a “glacier ship” could require much less refrigeration.

    I figured the Institute would be interested in pycrete as a possible sea platform, and I don’t see where it has already been discussed by the Institute.

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    Pykrete… Been discussed at length. Check the threads: possible but not practical.

    < http://ocr.wikia.com/wiki/Oceanic_Citizens_Republic_Wiki>

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    about Pykrete [note spelling] at the OCR web page.

    < http://ocr.wikia.com/wiki/Oceanic_Citizens_Republic_Wiki>

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