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An amount of freshwater almost the size of the Dead Sea has been lost in parts of the Middle East due to poor management, increased demands for groundwater and the effects of a 2007 drought, according to a NASA study.
The study, to be published Friday in Water Resources Research, a journal of the American Geophysical Union, examined data over seven years from 2003 from a pair of gravity-measuring satellites which is part of NASA's Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment or GRACE. Researchers found freshwater reserves in parts of Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran along the Tigris and Euphrates river basins had lost 117 million acre feet (144 cubic kilometers) of its total stored freshwater, the second fastest loss of groundwater storage loss after India.
About 60 percent of the loss resulted from pumping underground reservoirs for ground water, including 1,000 wells in Iraq, and another fifth was due to impacts of the drought including declining snow packs and soil drying up. Loss of surface water from lakes and reservoirs accounted for about another fifth of the decline, the study found.
If more desalination plants are installed in combination with CSP [Concentrating Solar Power], as a sustainable energy alternative, this would change conventional desalination to sustainable desalination by decreasing the fossil fuel share, carbon footprint and secure the mid-and long-term future water and energy supply in the region.
Originally posted by stars15k
Crossing my fingers that water rights don't hit a global level.
I think you are spot on about the abuse, too. Let's build inside snow ski slopes, fake islands, wave pools, fountains and lavish gardens all over a region that probably couldn't support itself should they have to supply their own food.
Insanity all the way around.
I feel the same way about Las Vegas and most of the resort areas of the southwest US, so it's not just a Middle East isolated incidence......they are just trying to do it grander and faster.
Originally posted by soficrow
reply to post by mc_squared
You might find this thread interesting: Libya's water resources. The real reason for toppling Quadaffi?.