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The Nubian Sandstone Aquifer System (NSAS) is the world’s largest known fossil water aquifer system. It is located underground in the Eastern end of the Sahara Desert and spans the political boundaries of four countries in north-eastern Africa. NSAS covers a land area spanning just over two million km2, including north-western Sudan, north-eastern Chad, south-eastern Libya, and most of Egypt. Containing an estimated 150,000 km3 of groundwater, the significance of the NSAS as a potential water resource for future development programs in these countries is extraordinary. Recently the Great Man-made River Project (GMMR) in Libya began extracting substantial amounts of water from this aquifer, removing an estimated 2.37 km3 per year.
"There are several elements to the Libyan mess. One of them is certainly water. I would highlight the issue by quoting similar situations in South and Central Asia," News Central Asia Editor Tariq Saeedi told IPS.
"Kashmir is understood to be the cause of rift between India and Pakistan but actually it's the water of three rivers - Ravi, Sutlej and Beas - that originate from upper Kashmir that is the source of dispute.
"The Amudarya River that starts from Afghanistan and criss-crosses between Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan before terminating at Aral Sea is another example. The ability of this river to trigger a conflict in Central Asia will rise proportionately with the ability of Afghanistan to use more water from Amudarya for its own use.
"In a nutshell, whoever controls NSAS, controls the economies, foreign policies and destinies of several countries in the region, not just north-eastern Africa," explains Saeedi.
originally posted by: scubagravy
water will never run out. after all, where does it go ?
Back up and back down....its a cycle, water will never run out.... the quality may diminish,
On the other hand, oil will certainly run out, the lubrication of ones tectonic plates will become dry
leading to more violent earth quakes. I believe the oil is there for a reason.
We are abusing it.
originally posted by: crayzeed
I just read this and just had to answer. I will not put anything else here. I do not need a response.
WE LIVE ON A PLANET THAT IS 3 FIFTHS WATER.
We're running out of water? Get a more firmer grip on reality.
originally posted by: Chrisfishenstein
a reply to: DrumsRfun
Um....I pay $3 for 35 bottles (16.9 ounces) at Sams club for Nestle Pure Life water....My tap water sucks...That is not as much as gas. Unless you are paying almost nothing for gas, maybe I can have you fuel up my truck for me.
originally posted by: pryingopen3rdeye
running out of water? well who the # is shipping the oceans into space then?!
oh you meant clean water. then i guess they better improve their cleaning methods...
we will never run out of water. we may fail to clean it fast enough to meet demand though. which would be running out of clean water. big difference. running out of water implies nothing to be done except rationing.
running out of clean water implies they need more efficient treatment facilities. which is certainly the case.
you think your not already drinking cleansed urine from your tap? most certainly are. water never leaves us it just flows in a huge endless cycle and as we populate our demand increases thus so must also our supply
originally posted by: rickymouse
When they start taking the salt out of water and hauling it around, it will be a minimum of a buck for a gallon of water. We have to flush our toilets, that takes a few gallons. Now think about the big inconvenience that we will have. Right now most people have it easy, soon everyone will be using those old outhouses.