"Much of the unrest in Darfur and the misery is due to water shortages," said geologist Farouk El-Baz, director of the Boston University Center for Remote Sensing, according to the AP news agency.An underground lake the size of America's Lake Erie is in the middle of an area of intense desertification. It brings great joy, yet immense caution should be the watchword. If this is an underground aquifer, the source of replenishment is ancient and not likely to refill. The sheer numbers of desperate farmers and nomads digging wells means conservation and protection must be part of the solution. Once the water is pumped, crop selection needs careful attention as certain grains and animals require vast amounts of water. The water may be used more efficiently on other, better choices. Property rights need settlement from an unimpeachable source of Justice, otherwise the seeds of destruction are sewn in the blessings of the fresh water.
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Posted by Maureen
A shimmering discovery in the midst of massive human heartbreak, utter devastation and a desert makes the mirage of fresh clean water, real. The true hope is for this amazing discovery to be a catalyst to stop the genocide and war over resources in Darfur.