In the recent past we have seen a dramatic awakening to the problem of properly managing the waste heat being introduced into our water supplies. What was once considered to be an inexhaustible natural resource is now known to have very finite limitations. The accelerating emission of heated wastes to the environment has triggered an acute concern on the part of the public - the legislators - and industry itself. It is generally recognized that few naturally occurring bodies of water are large enough to absorb the staggering amount of future heat loads which could be imposed upon them and that some alternative method of rejecting large quantities of heat must be utilized.

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