a reply to: aboutface
Its an interesting little documentary. The contrast of it that is, on one shore you have people plantings bushes to take back the desert and like the
guy said he remembers when he was a kid the grass was as tall as him, now its just sand. And on the other side you have others trekking all the way
there and through some pretty hazardous marshes all to see the desert enjoy its sight and have a little get together.
On a worldwide scale however its not so much that there is no global change warming or otherwise, and if its by man or nature, because really it
seems to be both, and the whole thing is more like who and which place is getting the short end of the stick. Basically while some places seem to
become desserts others just cant seem to get the rain to stop, and plants to quit with that growing they always do. Generally even global change
intones not one monotonous change worldwide, not unless there is a worldwide iceage or cataclysm, because even the last ice age was not worldwide even
if it effected things worldwide there were plenty of places in the world which were very fertile.
The effect it has had on me is to make me question why efforts in the northern Sahara seem unsuccessful and whether they are trying the same methods
to halt its spread in areas such as Algeria and Morocco. It also makes me question why efforts have not been made (or have they?) to repair the damage
done by the trawling nets on the sea grasses.
The Shara has been there for a while and is much bigger you would have to content with nature much more so then you would in that sleepy little
Russian village, after all the Shara gets little to no rain there per year, and like the guy in the video said its impossible to grow in the sand or
to halt its spread, the only thing you can really do is help the spread of plants. Like in the village they plant bushes which can grow in the more
barren areas but not completely in the sand, and as those parts spreed into the dessert they try to plant grass in between the bushes as a way to take
back the dessert.
I also dont think they have the manpower or resources to repair the damage done on the sea grasses in the white sea, or in that particular area were
the desert is spreading. It could all just be a pocket of land which is getting the worst of it, there are places like that here in the US, and even
in a place like Siberia or even places like Antarctica there is a dessert there, albeit a different kind of dessert, but supposedly its one of the
driest if not the driest place on earth.
There are even worse places or areas like McMurdo dry valleys
the middle of Antarctica which from all I heard has not seen any rain for hundreds of years. And while it may not have sandy dunes, well just look at
the picture the whole place has snow and ice on every side, but in the middle it as dry as it gets in fact more so then sandy desserts as they found
bacteria which live in rocks to survive, which makes for one curious contrasting picture and place.
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