posted on Dec, 13 2011 @ 11:25 AM
Desalinization of sea water, if a cheap and easy way of doing it could be found, could well lead to a dramatic upsurge in world food production and
also to the creation of vast new areas of agricultural production, particularly in the regions of the great deserts of North Africa, China and North
America. (And the land down under, of course. Apologies to HossBog for missing Oz on the first draft.)
I don't know much about this subject but I was wondering if the problem might be simpler to solve, particularly in the region of the Sahara desert,
than it seems at first glance.
Wouldn't it be possible to simply pump seawater through a pipeline to large flat, plastic covered containment ponds, where the natural heat of the
desert sun evaporated the fresh water out of the sea water and channeled it into local irrigation systems?
Obviously there would be hurdles to overcome. Pumping sea water undoubtely requires special pumps and no doubt a sea water pipeline would have to be
constructed in ways that would resist corrosion, but the main point, simply getting a lot of water into the desert where it could be desalinated by
the sun, seems to be a valid one to me, unless there is something I just don't know about the basic process of evaporating sea water.
The containment ponds would have to have the leftover salt removed of course and something would have to be done with it, but I can't myself, see any
great insurmountable reason why such a scheme shouldn't work very well.
It seems too simple. There must be serious objections to such a simple plan. Any reactions to this?
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