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Massive fresh water source found in Kenya

Discussion in 'The OT' started by dpeters11, Sep 11, 2013.

  1. dpeters11

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    This is indeed good news. Water and the lack of is going to one of the major problems of the twenty-first century even in this country.
     
  3. dpeters11

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    Right, as long as the government uses it properly. I'm not sure about Kenya, but there are some countries where a resource like that can give a government a lot of power over the people.
     
  4. houskamp

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    definately nice to live in area with one of the largest freshwater supplies :)
     
  5. SayWhat?

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    Coming to a Walmart near you soon, Kenyan Liquid Gold, in convenient 24 bottle cases.
     
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    What I didn't read in any of the articles on the subject was the effects of starting to drain that aquifier.
     
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    "But just as importantly the aquifer is replenished from distant mountains. So it should never run dry, assuming it is managed properly."
     
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    Makes you wonder what other kind of reserves are out there, even ones not that hard to get to.
     
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    ^ You'd think with all the IR satellites, ground penetrating radar and holes we've poked in the Earth there wouldn't be too many more surprises.
     
  10. Laxguy

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    Uh, where would that be?
     
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    Wild guess would be near the Great Lakes region.
     
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    Excellent guess, but could be a number of other places.
     
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    Yeah, sure, "enough water to serve the entire country for 70 years." Yes, it offers some hope, but they shouldn't drink it all in 70 years. I hate stories reflecting no big picture view of the subject, in this case "groundwater." We already know about groundwater pumping problems and I hope these folks in their desperation also don't have to learn the hard way. From this USGS page:

    And since 1977 it has gotten worse. From another USGS page:

     
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    Multinationals will take over, bribe the politicians, sell it to the highest bidders, local Kenyans get nothing. Such a sad world we live in.
     
  15. AntAltMike

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    They'll be smuggling it out by drinking it while working and then urinating...
     
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    If they don't find some underground water in Egypt before the Nile gets dammed, there'll be a war there.
     
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    North Floridan Aquifer

    Centered under coastal Georgia, the North Floridan Aquifer (NFA) extends south from just west of the Atlantic at about Hilton Head Island, SC to about St. Augustine, FL. It fills during rainy seasons, but during dry seasons the level of the aquifer drops and it tends to draw in salt water from the Atlantic by osmosis. My town of Brunswick, GA sits right on top of the aquifer and our private community well, serving about 21 homes, draws from it. The pumping, filtration and storage of our water is maintained by a professional water management firm.

    Without doing the research, I have no idea the theoretical capacity or current size of the NFA pool. The USGS is the place to start for detailed and specific information about your local water supply
     
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    Then one da

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    he was shootin' for some food...
     
  19. phrelin

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    Here's the best example of how not to manage an aquifer explained in an article headlined How long before the Great Plains runs out of water? It explains:

    As the article notes, pumping would have to drop by 80% for a sustainable water supply. It also notes that won't happen. The reason is not stated. I would guess it is hidden in this from the Kansas Department of Agriculture:

    Most certainly there are some "hardworking, ingenuitive Kansans" who can be seen at sunrise in their coveralls working their farms. But "$2.7 billion in agriculture exports" means corporate suits manipulating farm subsidies. Those folks use up resources and move on. Let's hope the Kenyan's learn from our failures.
     
  20. Laxguy

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    ingenuitive?? resourceful, creative? An ingenious fabrication!

    Good article.
     

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