Sun-Melted SAND for AUTO ROADS (Jun, 1933)
Sun-Melted SAND for AUTO ROADS
ONE of the most astonishing ideas ever advanced to the American public comes from Will W. Beach, of Los Angeles, California, who, as holder of patents on a sectional method of constructing 30-foot lenses, proposes that these immense burning glasses be used to harness the sun’s rays for converting ocean water into steam (leaving pure water and salvaging salt, iodine, flour gold, etc.), for fusing sand into an impervious lining of canals dug through deserts to bring sea water for irrigation, and for melting sand which can be rolled out into a perfectly smooth surface for auto highways.
Various interesting applications of Mr. Beach’s ideas are presented by the artist on this page. One which the inventor regards as most timely is that of supplying sparkling clear water for the city of Los Angeles by distilling it from the nearby ocean. This he regards as much less costly than the aqueduct which will carry water from Hoover Dam, more than 200 miles away, when that great engineering project is completed. .