Could rain-making be used to remove airborne volcanic ash?

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Angusm  asked the Naked Scientists:
   
Hi Chris,

Have the scientists not yet evaluated the effect of cloud seeding and whether enough rain can be created to dampen down the ash?

Or is there a problem doing that? What do you think?

Can you raise it on Redi Direko show on 702 SAfrica. Fridays.

Gus in Florida,
Roodepoort South Africa.

What do you think?
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Could rain-making be used to remove airborne volcanic ash?
« Reply #1 on: 17/05/2010 23:59:15 »
You need two things
1. Clouds
2. For those clouds to be sufficiently high enough to cover the ash and have enough moisture content to seed- high ice clouds wouldn't work well.
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Could rain-making be used to remove airborne volcanic ash?
« Reply #2 on: 19/05/2010 04:46:10 »
And the disruptive ash is at 35,0000 feet. Most clouds never get that high. Only the most sever inland thunder storms.
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