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Finally, a third informative quantity is the average residence time that a water molecule spends in a given reservoir. Water that evaporates into the atmosphere quickly falls back out as precipitation; the average atmospheric residence time is just nine days. By contrast, once water reaches the ocean, it can stay there for a very long time; the average residence time for water in the oceans is more than 3,000 years!
Originally posted by cavalryscout
Sit down and have a nice cold glass of water.....while you still can.
Originally posted by lonewolf19792000
No shortage of water, there's oceans all over this planet, you just need desalinization plants to remove the brine. More lies from the illuminati to promote their world population cull down to 500 million per Georgia Guidestones.
When the planet was young, steam came from the deep interior to the surface as volcanic gas and eventually produced today's oceans. But as Earth's interior ages and cools, it becomes easier for water to return below the surface.
So, rather than degassing, now [Earth] may be losing water into the mantle," Sleep said. This gradual suction of water back below the surface may be a good thing for Earth's geological stability, he notes. Underground water acts as a kind of lubricant that allows plates in Earth's crust to keep shifting at their present rate, Sleep explains. This helps keep the thickness and elevation of the continents relatively stable.
A map depicts large areas of wet underground rock (shown in red) as detected by seismic waves. Scientists studying these waves discovered a giant "ocean" of water under east Asia that contains about as much water as the Arctic Ocean.
reply to post by Wolfenz
well if Humans can Tap into 400 miles of Rock to get the Water Out .... ahh then again we may have another BP incident
"The drilling of the main borehole began in 1970, and a final depth of 12,262 meters was reached in 1994"
"The deepest research borehole ever drilled was in Russia, on the Kola peninsula. Over a period of more than a decade a huge purpose-built rig drilled to over 12 kilometers to investigate the structure of the Continental Crust."
"On Russia's Kola Peninsula, near the Norwegian border at about the same latitude as Prudhoe Bay, the Soviets have been drilling a well since 1970. It is now over 40,000 feet deep, making it the deepest hole on earth (the previous record holder was the Bertha Rogers well in Oklahoma -- a gas well stopped at 32,000 feet when it struck molten sulfur).
Originally posted by detachedindividual
Both sides of this argument are correct in my opinion.
Firstly, water is clearly more vital than Oil. That goes without saying. I can't believe this even needs to be stated - it's the basic building block of all existence on this planet FFS!
Secondly, we are "running out of water" in the fact that there is only a finite amount of fresh water passing through the natural system of any region.
The fresh water falls as rain, that rain is filtered through the natural landscape to the rivers and streams where it is used by the population. We are a growing population in every region, and as the numbers grow the use of that water becomes more and more stretched.
If we assume that there is an average rainfall in a specific area over five years, and that rainfall then declines because of environmental factors and changes in a weather system, while the population continues to grow and the demands on the stretched ecological system increase, it is obvious that there will be a water shortage.
We are seeing this in the UK this year, with a drought already starting. Our population has been increasing and the supply has stayed the same for decades. There have been restrictions on water use in my city every single summer since at least 1985. Nothing has been done to rectify this and the population is increasing every year. Back then my city was barely a decade old, and since then it has doubled.
The drought our government was suggesting would affect about three counties is spreading and is now expected to affect almost all of England. This is expected to be the worst drought in the UK in recorded history, worse than the one in 1977 (I believe) where we had a drought through autumn and an immensely hot summer, leading to water having to be trucked into communities.
Desalinization plants help, but we do not nearly have enough of them with a big enough capacity to serve entire cities. You also have to rely on transportation and the costs of that to move water to where it is needed.
You have to pay right now to get the water from a plant a couple of miles away into your home, imagine how much you'll have to pay when that water has to be desalinated at a plant on the coast, then pumped into tankers, then driven hundreds or even thousands of miles to your city, to be dumped into the reservoir or storage and then funneled to you. The cost of distribution in the oil industry is met by the costs and profits from the sale of fuel, so are you ready to see the same charges for water?
Governments will be forced to meet the massive costs of the infrastructure, or (more likely) it'll be opened up to private investors. Privatization of water with such a demand and that kind of infrastructure will quickly mean that you will be paying more for your water than you currently are for fuel. This is inevitable.
I think people are underestimating the point of this thread, and underestimating the threat of water shortage.
Originally posted by TruthxIsxInxThexMist
Originally posted by Biliverdin
Originally posted by TruthxIsxInxThexMist
reply to post by cavalryscout
We can live off fruit juice.... tastes much nicer and is more healthy!!
We can also live off coconut milk!!
If you have a garden, grow some fruit!
Most fruit has a high percentage of water...and therefore needs water to produce juice. A little common sense.
Very true.... but.... how about digging a hole, making a pond, fill it with water (which will last a good while), even cover it with plastic so it won't evaporate too fast, then plant your trees, bushes into the pond!!
From detached: Plants need water. Where are you planning to get the water to feed the inefficient plants while waiting for (presumably seasonal) fruit to grow?
You may as well cut out the waste and just drink the water.
You can fill up from an Ocean or Sea and take it back to fill the pond.... you don't drinking water for a pond!!
Originally posted by N3kr0m4nc3r
While I myself don't see the earth running out of water anytime soon if it ever did I have one word "stillsuit". I think those would be really cool to have.
In his essay "Stillsuit" in The Science of Dune, John C. Smith suggests that "Stillsuits designed using strict literal interpretations from the Dune books probably would not work and most likely would cook the wearer like a Crock-Pot ...
Originally posted by mountaingirl1111
Here's an article from last year, from TIme Magazine, about how scientists in an Abu Dhabi desert created rainstorms on 52 separate occasions with the use of giant ionizers:
I wonder what has happened since and if other countries could try this as well? However, like the article mentions, I wonder what the long term effects will be.