posted on Dec, 9 2013 @ 02:37 AM
According to a news release from Flinders University, researchers have found massive reserves of freshwater beneath oceans, offering new chances to
prevent an emerging global water crisis. They discovered that approximately 500,000 cubic km of low-salinity water are hidden beneath the seabed on
continental shelves around the globe.
The water has been found off Australia, China, North America and South Africa.
“The volume of this water resource is a hundred times greater than the amount we’ve extracted from the Earth’s sub-surface in the past century
since 1900,” noted lead author Vincent Post of the National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training and the School of the Environment at
Flinders University. “Knowing about these reserves is great news because this volume of water could sustain some regions for decades.”
Post said that an estimated 500,000 cubic kilometres (120,000 cubic miles) of low-salinity water had been found buried beneath the seabed on
continental shelves off Australia, China, North America and South Africa.
According to Post, groundwater scientists previously believed that freshwater under the seafloor only took place under special conditions, but the new
research reveals that freshwater aquifers beneath the oceans are actually commonplace.
The freshwater reserves were developed over the past hundreds of thousands of years when on average the sea level was a lot lower than it is today.
“So when it rained, the water would infiltrate into the ground and fill up the water table in areas that are nowadays under the sea,” Post
This may help some of the water problems that exist globally but....
They know that drilling for the water will be expensive and that they must not contaminate the water in the process. Also Post warned that it is a
precious source and should be used wisely. Once gone, they won't be replenished until the sea level drops again, which is not likely to happen for a
very long time.
And the way Man is in general, those sources will be fought over and used up in no time if not careful.
We are a very greedy, wasteful species
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