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Climate Tower in South America

Written by  TheStructuralEngineer.info

An iron tower, a meter taller than the Eiffel Tower, is located in the Amazon jungle. It is the result of cooperation between Brazil and Germany to study the climate change and the vital role of rainforests.

An iron tower, a meter taller than the Eiffel Tower, is located in the Amazon jungle. It is the result of cooperation between Brazil and Germany to study the climate change and the vital role of rainforests. The white and orange tower, called ATTO (Tower Observatory in the Amazon) is the highest construction in South America with its impressive height of 325 meters.

It is in a very remote area of the forest, 350 km from the city of Manaus in Brazil, and researchers who want to use it, must travel for hours through paved roads.

"Being far from towns and man's influence ensures we can collect relatively pure data," said Meinrat Andrae, director of the Max Planck Institute of Chemistry, which is partnering with Brazilian research agency Inpa on the German-Brazilian funded project.

The largest rainforest in the world absorbs large amounts of carbon dioxide and it mitigates the anthropogenic climate change.

"The Amazon region is of global significance: it produces half of the word's oxygen, impacts the water cycle through evaporation and stabilizes the climate," stated the Institute.

Atmospheric measurements are planned to continue to ATTO for 20-30 years.

The tower of $ 7.4 million was officially launched last week, although the data collection will begin later this year.

 

Source: businessinsider.com

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