Known for the amazing white chalk cliffs, Dover is also known for its amazing natural fog. Now "Fog is the same as a cloud except that it touches the ground, whereas a cloud has a base that is above the ground. When a cloud is moved by the wind and flows over and around a mountain, fog is present wherever the cloud touches the terrain. To a meteorologist, fog is present when the visibility is less than 1000 ft (about 300 m). What is important in the fog collection process is that fog is composed of tiny liquid water droplets from 1 to 40 micrometers (μm) in diameter. A typical droplet diameter is 10 μm."
"There is typically from 0.05 to 0.5 grams of liquid water in a cubic meter of fog."
Now the cliffs run along the coastline between approximately: Latitude 51°06'N, Longitude 1°14'E and Latitude 51°12'N, Longitude 1°24'E between the UK and France. Quite a long run, and there are behind the cliff face miles of hidden tunnels that were created during the Middle Ages and later played a role in the defence of Britain during the Napoleonic Wars. The tunnels were later enlarged to become the Secret Wartime Tunnels beneath Dover Castle. Now, those same tunnels have been converted to being spill ways to cisterns to hold the amazing amount of Water in the English Fog.
So for the last week, we have been working on Setting up fog catching nets , similar to these
found in Peru.
However our fog catchers will use a art technique called pointillism (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pointillism)
to have the catchers emblazoned with pictures of children from all over the British Isles. Colorful banners will fly from the top of each pole, and on the first day, all the children who sent in there pictures and there families will be part of the water celebration in Dover.
It will be an amazing day...I hope to see you all there...
for more information on Fog catching see the great Fog Quest website