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Originally posted by Leftist
Let's hope this indeed does quench the planet's thirst....for both water and for war!
National Geographic News
February 27, 2007
A giant blob of water the size of the Arctic Ocean has been discovered hundreds of miles beneath eastern Asia, scientists report.
The Central Hydrographic Region as defined by the Nevada Division of Water Resources consists of 78 groundwater basins in 12 Nevada counties (see map on this page). The Region is the largest of the Nevada's 14 hydrographic regions, covering much of central, eastern and southern Nevada. The Central Hydrographic Region is characterized by:
the absence of regional surface water flows,
groundwater basins that are often interconnected by subsurface flow,
deep bedrock aquifers, and
some productive alluvial aquifers.
Originally posted by neo96
That was it i am sitting here thinking with the exist desalinization technology how will there ever be a war over water?
I do not get that.
The Great Man-Made River (GMR, النهر الصناعي العظيم) is a network of pipes that supplies water from the Sahara Desert in Libya, from the Nubian Sandstone Aquifer System fossil aquifer. It is the world's largest irrigation project. According to its website, it is the largest underground network of pipes (2820 km)  and aqueducts in the world. It consists of more than 1,300 wells, most more than 500 m deep, and supplies 6,500,000 m3 of fresh water per day to the cities of Tripoli, Benghazi, Sirte and elsewhere. The late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi described it as the "Eighth Wonder of the World."
We hope Iraq will be the first domino and that Libya and Iran will follow. We don't like being kept out of markets because it gives our competitors an unfair advantage," John Gibson, chief executive of Halliburton's Energy Service Group, told International Oil Daily in an interview in May of 2003.1
Despite these sanctions, Halliburton subsidiary Brown & Root had worked in Libya ever since the 1980s. The company helped construct a system of underground pipes and wells that purportedly are intended to carry water.
Originally posted by ludshed
I thought this was well known and the real reason libya had to be "saved". Some more completely coincidental information, the bush's, sr and junior own over 300k acres in S. America on top of one of the largest aquifers in the world.
We still wonder how on earth did Gaddafi manage to stay in power for forty years? Did no one notice his madness until now?
Did no one notice that he built a HUGE FRESH WATER PIPELINE to the Benghazi region, that lunatic?
Were they waiting for him to finish?
This incredibly huge and successful water scheme is virtually unknown in the West, yet it rivals and even surpasses all our greatest development projects. The leader of the so-called advanced countries, the United States of America cannot bring itself to acknowledge Libya's Great Man-Made River. The West refuses to recognize that a small country, with a population no more than four million, can construct anything so large without borrowing a single cent from the international banks.(...continued)
The goal of the Libyan Arab people, embodied in the Great Man-Made River project, is to make Libya a source of agricultural abundance, capable of producing adequate food and water to supply its own needs and to share with neighboring countries. In short, the River is literally Libya's 'meal ticket' to self-sufficiency.
Self-sufficiency?!? Absolutely Not Allowed. Banksters don't like that sort of thing one bit. pkpolitics.com...
Originally posted by Leftist
If true, this is great news for the 300 million or so Africans who currently have no access to quality freshwater. To say nothing of the hundreds of millions more who will feel the pinch as traditional sources completely run dry in the years ahead.
And...100 times the current surface amount is a lot. Could this be used to help the bone-dry Middle East or other parts of the world running critically short of water? Could Africa be poised to become the "Saudi Arabia of water"?
The coming decades have been positied as the "era of water wars," not just in Africa but all over the world. A discovery like this could go a long way to easing the stress of a thirsty planet.
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. If things changed, he said, "we'd have Pike's Peak boat tours."
"Huge" water resource exists under Africa
Originally posted by AGWskeptic
So lets say we drill thousands of wells and irrigate land for farming.
This will change the local climate and alter the ecosystem.