The Namib Battle can Save Lives


Simeon Alling

The Namib Beetle resides in the Namib Desert in South Africa, neighboring Namibia. Like most deserts, the Namib desert has a very dry climate that makes it hot and hard to live in, but the Namib Beetle does just fine. This beetle gains water by literally pulling it from thin air.

“I hope we can learn from them and use their ways to get water,” said Charlton Kim, 7.

You might not have known this, but around every six months, fog rolls into South Africa that can be harvested with the special bumps on the Namib beetle’s back. To collect gather water droplets from this fog, the beetle tilts its body at an angle and lets water accumulate and drip down their wings.

Beginning in 2006, Edward Linacre created a design that mimics the Namib beetle. This invention, the Airdrop, is coated with wax, covered in dips and bumps, and just like that it’s like the Namib beetle. Using an unfinished prototype, he was able to collect eleven and a half millileters from every cubic meter in a dry desert. This model could be placed like solar panels and contribute to your home or the public water supply. The Airdrop is completely eco-friendly and doesn’t require any outside energy or force to collect water.

The Airdrop is revolutionary for people all over the world who don’t have access to fresh water or even natural water.