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05 February - Bathurst, "Let there be rain."

Unread postby Max ADU » Tue Feb 05, 2013 7:04 pm

Australian History
Wednesday, February 5


1947 - Australia's first cloud-seeding experiment resulting in artificially produced rain is carried out at Bathurst, New South Wales.

Cloud seeding is a technique for artificially producing rain by dropping chemicals or small objects into clouds, thereby allowing water droplets or ice crystals to form more easily. It is commonly used to increase precipitation in areas experiencing drought.

There is some dispute as to whether the first successful experiment of cloud seeding occurred in Australia or the United States, as precipitation produced in US experiments did not reach the ground.

The Australian experiment was undertaken by scientists from the CSIRO's Division of Radiophysics on 5 February 1947 at Bathurst, New South Wales.

Dry ice was used in the initial experiment, but later experiments used silver iodide more effectively. In the early 1950s the CSIRO team, now known as the Division of Cloud Physics, pioneered the highly successful silver iodide seeding technique.

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Re: 05 February - Bathurst, "Let there be rain."

Unread postby Max ADU » Sat Feb 06, 2016 2:36 am

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