• Short Summary

    HUGE MASSES OF FERN-LIKE WATER WEED ARE CLOGGING VAST AREAS OF LAKE KARIBA BACKING ON THE MIGHTY KARIBA DAM, RHODESIA.

  • Description

    HUGE MASSES OF FERN-LIKE WATER WEED ARE CLOGGING VAST AREAS OF LAKE KARIBA BACKING ON THE MIGHTY KARIBA DAM, RHODESIA. ALREADY THE WEED COVERS ABOUT 200 SQUARE MILES OF THE LAKE'S SURFACE.

    THE WEED, A SMALL GREEN PLANE ABOUT THREE INCHES IN DIAMETER, HAS SCORES OF ROOTS WHICH ENTWINE WITH OTHER PLANTS, FORMING A SOLID FLOATING MASS THAT HAS SERIOUSLY RESTRICTED NAVIGATION AND FISHING.

    ENGINEERS AT THE KARIBA DAM FEAR IT MAY POSE A GRAVE HAZARD TO HYDRO-ELECTRIC GENERATORS AT THE DAM AS CURRENTS AND WINDS MOVE THE WEED SLOWLY DOWNSTREAM. SO FAR NO EFFECTIVE WAY OF COMBATING THE WEED HAS BEEN FOUND. BUT GOVERNMENT EXPERTS ARE CONSIDERING CONTROLLING THE MENACE BY EITHER MECHANICAL MEANS OR WEED-KILLERS -- OR BY INTRODUCING CERTAIN FISH LIFE THAT MIGHT THRIVE ON THE WEED.

    ANOTHER METHOD THOUGH POSSIBLE IS TO HARVEST THE WEED FOR WOOD PULP, FERTILIZER OR CATTLE FOOD.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA36PHJEZB42PXH0SY5CZYS6NOZ
    Media URN:
    VLVA36PHJEZB42PXH0SY5CZYS6NOZ
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/09/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:24:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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