Imagine the fabled city of Atlantis rising from the
ocean depths, a beautiful futuristic wonder of
curves and domes set upon the sparkling sea where a
diverse, multiracial, multicultural, highly educated
society prospers and enjoys radiant health and
extraordinarily long life.
Though Atlantis passed into history and mythology
long ago, it still lives in the hearts of many of us
as a symbol of a time when an advanced civilization
lived prosperously and harmoniously upon the Earth.
With all the creative, inspired, and resourceful
people on this planet, do we not have the knowledge
and tools to recreate such a shining light? Seventy
percent of the Earth’s surface is water, so why not
look to the sea as a place to rebirth this dream?
Celestopea is envisioned as such a rebirth. The
Celestopea Project is the planned ecological
colonization of the Earth's oceans through a series
of self-sufficient, semi-autonomous floating
communities incorporating innovative new
technologies, industries, and social organization.
Some will be small, floating Seadome communities,
close to shore, comprised of 7–48 homes and garden
domes. Many of the residents of the near-shore
communities will still commute to work at jobs on
shore each day. Larger, self-sufficient Celestopea
communities will be located in international waters,
with floating Seadome communities clustered around
an artificial island created on a base of accreted
Celestopea Seament and permacultured into a lush,
tropical land of hills, valleys, and waterfalls.
Diversity and tolerance are bywords of Celestopea.
Residents of Celestopea’s villages and communities
will show by exemplary actions that people of
different races and divergent political, religious,
cultural, and social beliefs can live and prosper
together while also being good stewards of the
earth, respecting and thereby benefiting all
inhabitants and ecosystems of the planet.
Celestopea Seadomes are designed like no other
structures on earth. Because they will be subject to
the unforgiving marine environment, they must not
only be uniquely resistant to corrosive elements but
also inherently stronger than similar land-based
structures. The challenge becomes to create floating
homes that meet high structural engineering
requirements while maintaining graceful, beautiful,
and aesthetically pleasing designs.
Early Seadomes, will be made of ferrocement, a tried
and true medium that has been used for over 100
years to build the most durable ships that float the
seven seas. A unique substance, ferrocement combines
thin rebar, wire mesh, and very fine cement into an
incredibly strong, homogenous substance. A _ inch
thick wall has the strength of steel in addition to
being impervious to corrosion, immune to harmful
ultraviolet sun rays, fireproof, rustproof, rotproof,
toredo-worm-proof, and termite-proof—and it gets
stronger with age. Celestopea Seadomes will also be
unsinkable. In a public demonstration planned for
Elliot Bay in Seattle, all of the windows and doors
of one of the first Seadomes will be sealed, then it
will be filled completely with water to demonstrate
its unfailing floating capabilities.
If the Celestopea Project planned to build the
permacultured island community out of any
conventional material, it would be cost prohibitive
to the tune of billions of dollars. Fortunately, a
new technology was pioneered in the early ’80s by a
University of Texas professor, Wolf Hilbertz, that
allows the creation of buildings and even artificial
islands from the minerals dissolved in seawater. A
similar process to the way shellfish create their
shells, it is called by various names, Seament,
Seacrete and Sea Cement being chief among them. We
have improved on the original techniques and call it
Celestopea Seament. Choosing a location near a
"Seamount" close to the surface, utilizing air bags
to lift accreted land forms, and then accreting
additional material beneath allows for the creation
of large islands.
Many types of pollution free, renewable energy will
be utilized to power Celestopean communities. In the
smaller communities this will be chiefly wind,
solar, or tidal flow conversion. With the larger,
permacultured island communities, OTEC technology
(Ocean Thermal Energy Converters) will be employed.
Perhaps the most ambitious and world-changing
undertaking of the Celestopea Project is the
creation of a grid of OTECs to power the world
through the twenty-first century and beyond. OTECs
take advantage of the perpetual difference between
the temperature at the surface of the tropical
oceansand the much cooler temperature 3,000 to 4,000
feet below the surface. This temperaure at the
surface of the tropical oceans and the much cooler
temperature 3,000 to 4,000 feet below the surface.
This temperature variation is used to generate
totally pollution free electricity from an
inexhaustible renewable source. Each day the 23
million square miles of tropical ocean absorbs an
amount of solar energy equal in heat content to 250
billion barrels of oil. A 100 megawatt OTEC will
consume 41 megawatts to pull cold water up the
surface, leaving a net of 59 megawatts for
electricity and other uses.
The nutrient-rich water Celestopean OTECs pull up
from the ocean depths will instigate an explosion of
new life in the surrounding oceans. The resulting
micro algae and phytoplankton growth will become the
base of a tremendous increase in many types of fish
and higher forms of marine life. The combination of
tropical sun, perfect water temperature, nitrogen,
and nutrient-laden water will produce copious
amounts of high-quality vegetable protein each year
to be farmed. OTECs can also be used to desalinate
seawater to produce 100 percent pure drinking water.
We have been laying the groundwork for the past
several years and the first large community of
Celestopea with an accreted perma-cultured island is
scheduled to be created in the year 2011. Individual
Seadome homes should be available for sale to the
general public within the next couple of years.
Millennia after the great pyramids of Egypt were
built, they are still one of the absolute wonders of
the world. So let it be for Celestopea. Let us bring
our knowledge, talents and abilities together to
build our "City of Dreams" and be heralds of peace,
prosperity and unity of all the people upon the
Jesse and Sumara Love are visionary communitarians
who are devoted full-time to the Celestopea Project.
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