I was thinking about how a world powered with steam would collect water where there is little immediately available. I should mention at this point that I am in no way a steampunk aficionado, nor a thermo/hydro-physicist. However, I came up with this idea of a tree shaped device. Its trunk would contain a heating element that would be wired to solar panels that acted as a large canopy. Beneath these panel-leaves, the branches would contain steam plugs were the steam could cool from the shade into detachable jars(like the fruit of a tree).
The question is where does the water come from? I had one idea of putting the tree in a pond or a lake, and having the roots upturned to pump water into the trunk. This would make it kind of a water cleansing system, rather than a collection system.
I'd rather have it be a source of water though, as it plays well into the tree and its fruit being a source of life.
Any thoughts on how this could work? Could a steaming system capture moisture from the air?