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Scientists Discover Massive Freshwater Reserves Underneath The Ocean Floor
BI/Agence France Presse ^ | 12-5-2013

Posted on 12/05/2013 6:52:52 AM PST by blam

Scientists Discover Massive Freshwater Reserves Underneath The Ocean Floor

Agence France Presse
Dec. 5, 2013, 7:22 AM

Australian researchers said Thursday they had established the existence of vast freshwater reserves trapped beneath the ocean floor which could sustain future generations as current sources dwindle.

Lead author Vincent Post, from Australia's Flinders University, 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.

"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," said Post of the study, published in the latest edition of Nature.

"Freshwater on our planet is increasingly under stress and strain so the discovery of significant new stores off the coast is very exciting.

"It means that more options can be considered to help reduce the impact of droughts and continental water shortages."

UN Water, the United Nations' water agency, estimates that water use has been growing at more than twice the rate of population in the last century due to demands such as irrigated agriculture and meat production.

More than 40 percent of the world's population already live in conditions of water scarcity. By 2030, UN Water estimates that 47 percent of people will exist under high water stress.

Post said his team's findings were drawn from a review of seafloor water studies done for scientific or oil and gas exploration purposes.

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(Excerpt) Read more at businessinsider.com ...


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KEYWORDS: freshwater; idiocygreens; malthusiannonsense; oceans; water
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1 posted on 12/05/2013 6:52:53 AM PST by blam
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To: blam

There is water at the bottom of the ocean
Remove the water, carry the water
Remove the water from the bottom of the ocean
Letting the days go by, let the water hold me down
Letting the days go by, water flowing underground
Into the blue again, after the money’s gone
Once in a lifetime, water flowing underground
Into the blue again, into silent water


2 posted on 12/05/2013 6:55:15 AM PST by Dysart (Obamacare: "We are losing money on every subscriber-- but we will make it up in volume!")
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To: blam

Think I’ll go water the line.


3 posted on 12/05/2013 6:55:32 AM PST by Quick Shot
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To: blam
It sort of makes sense that the layers of sentiment in the ocean floor would filter much of the salinity.

But I can already see the eco-freaks lining up to protest water mining below the ocean floor since it could possibly make the floors collapse and lower the sea levels. Think of all the docks from Fiji to Long Beach which would be rendered useless by a substantial drop in the sea levels.

4 posted on 12/05/2013 6:58:53 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: blam

Genesis 1:

7 And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.


5 posted on 12/05/2013 6:58:57 AM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: blam
"In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, on the seventeenth day of the second month—on that day all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened."Genesis 7:11
6 posted on 12/05/2013 7:00:07 AM PST by Theoria (Obama lied. My health care died.)
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To: blam

One of the oldest translated text is; from abundance he took abundance and there was still abundance.

This issue today is the thinking that abundance does not exist and everything is going away and we are destroying the planet but it is a lie, we are not - look at the peak oil fears, we have more oil then the world can use in a 1,000 years - water - more then ever, it is government, thinking they are God can control resources that push this terrible though.


7 posted on 12/05/2013 7:00:47 AM PST by edcoil (System now set up not to allow some to win but for no one to lose!)
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To: Dysart
Same as it ever was...


8 posted on 12/05/2013 7:01:01 AM PST by Rodamala
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To: blam

I have to say that the premise that we’re running out of water is getting really old. Last time I checked the evaporation cycle still worked and we periodically got rain and snow. Hence, water doesn’t run out. Now there are places which are naturally arid, and more people live than the local water supply can really support, but that is not an issue of water shortage planet wide by any means. There is also a shortage of potable water in the third world, but again, that’s owing to a lack of infrastructure.

I’d really like to see the various green alarmists boiled in oil for their continual stream of manufactured crises which they use as justification to curtail freedoms.


9 posted on 12/05/2013 7:01:27 AM PST by drbuzzard (All animals are created equal, but some are more equal than others.)
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To: blam

interesting.


10 posted on 12/05/2013 7:03:00 AM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Vigilanteman
"...which could sustain future generations as current sources dwindle." And where is all this water supposedly disappearing to? TC
11 posted on 12/05/2013 7:03:28 AM PST by Pentagon Leatherneck
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To: drbuzzard

That’s their agenda.


12 posted on 12/05/2013 7:05:20 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: edcoil

Government, and liberals, don’t seek to control resources -
they seek to control people.


13 posted on 12/05/2013 7:05:48 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: blam
Gen 7:11b "on the same day all the fountains of the great deep burst open, and the floodgates of the sky were opened"

Obviously these scientists are wrong because that would mean that parts of the Bible might actually be true. /sarcasm

14 posted on 12/05/2013 7:06:38 AM PST by Marko413
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To: Rodamala

Well, how did I get here?


15 posted on 12/05/2013 7:06:48 AM PST by Noumenon (What would Michael Collins do?)
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To: Pentagon Leatherneck

Well, don’t you know? Water is a zero sum game. The evil capitalists are making it all disappear and hoarding it until the prices go up sufficiently to suit them.


16 posted on 12/05/2013 7:08:01 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: blam

So those WWII sailors on the raft out in the middle of the ocean in the book, Sea of Sharks, that thought they could dive down and get fresh water had it right after all. Who woulda thunk it?


17 posted on 12/05/2013 7:18:05 AM PST by fulltlt
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To: Red Badger

I thought about that too


18 posted on 12/05/2013 7:18:30 AM PST by Sophia777
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To: Pentagon Leatherneck

“And where is all this water supposedly disappearing to?”

Isn’t that one of the laws of physics? That matter sometimes just, like, you know, disappears?


19 posted on 12/05/2013 7:18:37 AM PST by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: Theoria

good one


20 posted on 12/05/2013 7:18:53 AM PST by Sophia777
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To: Dysart

Hey, I always wondered what the lyrics were, Dysart. They make no sense. At all. Now that I’ve read them, it’s same as it ever was. Confusing. (Nice song and video, though.)

I think this story about freshwater in abundance under the seabed is a hoax. It makes no sense. At all. And you can’t even dance to it. I give it a 27.


21 posted on 12/05/2013 7:19:03 AM PST by Toucan Dance
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To: Rodamala

And you may find yourself...


22 posted on 12/05/2013 7:20:21 AM PST by EEGator
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To: SunkenCiv

/mark


23 posted on 12/05/2013 7:23:11 AM PST by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: blam
Can you hear me, St. Cajetan?
I once knew a well so sweet.
I put my lips, my lips to the pail to drink.
But I gave it all up for salt water. ♫

24 posted on 12/05/2013 7:29:20 AM PST by ▀udda▀udd (>> F U B O << "What the hell kind of country is this if I can only hate a man if he's white?")
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To: drbuzzard

Every day 30 million gallons of water flows through the head of the Ohio. I have to pay almost $100 per month for water and sewage treatment thanks to the EPA.

It’s insane.


25 posted on 12/05/2013 7:29:48 AM PST by GEC (Obamacare is the #MostEpicFailEver)
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To: Dysart

You may ask yourself....

Under the Antarctic is a vast, vast reservoir with two unique sides. One is brine water and the other, which is lower, is fresh water. The earth is an amazing place. It takes care of itself.


26 posted on 12/05/2013 7:31:07 AM PST by MestaMachine (My caps work. You gotta earn them.)
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To: Dysart

Talking heads had it all figured out! Who knew??


27 posted on 12/05/2013 7:32:05 AM PST by refermech
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To: Quick Shot

And the fountains of the deep gave forth water......


28 posted on 12/05/2013 7:32:49 AM PST by Walkingfeather
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To: MestaMachine

This is not my beautiful wife...


29 posted on 12/05/2013 7:33:21 AM PST by refermech
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To: blam
which could sustain future generations as current sources dwindle.

There is the same amount of water yesterday as today. Water doesn't "dwindle." Like Ann Counter said - how can you claim a shortage of something that literally falls from the skies?

30 posted on 12/05/2013 7:33:54 AM PST by Fido969
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To: blam

Earth...the ultimate recycling machine. Like it or not.


31 posted on 12/05/2013 7:34:41 AM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Dysart

Same as it ever was.


32 posted on 12/05/2013 7:35:04 AM PST by ElkGroveDan (My tagline is in the shop.)
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To: Theoria
"In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, on the seventeenth day of the second month—on that day all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened." — Genesis 7:11

Amazing isn't it how much evidence of Truth there is if we look with open minds.

33 posted on 12/05/2013 7:38:44 AM PST by wmfights
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To: blam

The Israelis are doing desalination of the Med Sea on a grand scale. That seems more workable than digging for it.


34 posted on 12/05/2013 7:39:31 AM PST by lurk
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To: blam

I’m going to take a wild guess how that fresh water got there. Salt water filtering into a large underwater cave and passing through layers of mud and minerals on the bottom of the ocean. This resulted in the removal or absorption of salt similar to how a reverse osmosis system works. Eventually the underground cave became a ungerground ocean. Any more educated ideas?


35 posted on 12/05/2013 7:39:48 AM PST by Brooklyn Attitude (Things are only going to get worse.)
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To: drbuzzard
I have to say that the premise that we’re running out of water is getting really old...

Amen to that! Every time that I hear someone talk about water as a finite resource, I know I'm listening to an idiot.

36 posted on 12/05/2013 7:50:32 AM PST by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: Brooklyn Attitude

Can an ocean be fresh water?


37 posted on 12/05/2013 7:51:58 AM PST by refermech
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To: blam
Is it worth the effort and cost of deep sea drilling?
It's not that difficult to desalinate ocean water.

38 posted on 12/05/2013 7:52:01 AM PST by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: Pentagon Leatherneck
"...which could sustain future generations as current sources dwindle." And where is all this water supposedly disappearing to? TC

Indeed, my recollection is that Earth's water is reasonably constant, but of course not always in the same place in the same form.

39 posted on 12/05/2013 7:53:21 AM PST by DTogo (High time to bring back The Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: Vigilanteman

Critical think: If we use all the water in the ocean how will we replace it


40 posted on 12/05/2013 7:54:21 AM PST by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: blam

What about the effect on global climate change and species eradication?


41 posted on 12/05/2013 7:55:28 AM PST by Cboldt
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To: Dysart
The author must excuse me, but current supplies are "dwindling" to where exactly? In the current warm inter-glacial climate the water cycle for the most part is an open loop system where most of it remains in liquid and accessible form.

During an ice age much of it becomes "trapped" in glaciation and the global climate and humanity might then suffer a shortage of available water. We are no doubt headed in that direction, although whether it will happen in the 21st or 22nd centuries, or tens of thousands of years out isn't yet clear. But when it does I somehow think we will be able to cope.

Pollution is of course a separate problem but can be solved (and has been largely solved in the "evil white European descendant" countries) through reasonable environmental regulation and investment in technology, including desalination from sea water.

He will have to forgive me. I am cursed with a 1960's middle and high school science education plus some college courses in geology. My education must lack the heavy gravitas of a journalism degree.

42 posted on 12/05/2013 7:59:37 AM PST by katana (Just my opinions)
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To: blam
...as current sources dwindle.

Huh? It's stopped raining? Rivers are drying up?

43 posted on 12/05/2013 8:00:30 AM PST by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: blam
OH, NOES! We are running out of (fill in the blank).
44 posted on 12/05/2013 8:00:40 AM PST by JPG (Yes We Can morphs into Make It Hurt.)
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To: Dysart
Way down.. below the ocean... where I wanna be.... she may be....
45 posted on 12/05/2013 8:01:39 AM PST by RckyRaCoCo (Shall Not Be Infringed)
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To: lurk

BUT! BUT! BUT!

Just ask anyone in the oil business and they will tell you drilling a well offshore is so cheap.

Scientist are so smart.


46 posted on 12/05/2013 8:06:50 AM PST by IMR 4350
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To: blam

(for all we know) there is more water underground than there is above ground (including the oceans).


47 posted on 12/05/2013 8:07:00 AM PST by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: BitWielder1
Is it worth the effort and cost of deep sea drilling? It's not that difficult to desalinate ocean water.

Desalination isn't difficult, but it is energy intensive and therefore quite expensive. Once the infrastructure is in place for recovering undersea water, it's just a matter of literally pumping the water back to a reservoir on shore. A lot more cost effective over the long run. And, considering that you wouldn't have nearly the same costs drilling for and transporting water as you would have with oil (environmental and safety regs), I would think the whole evolution would be quite cost effective for areas without much annual rain fall.
48 posted on 12/05/2013 8:08:23 AM PST by rottndog ('Live Free Or Die' Ain't just words on a bumber sticker...or a tagline.)
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To: blam

game changer.

in a sane world that is.


49 posted on 12/05/2013 8:09:31 AM PST by Gasshog (These introductions of non-native species have consequences, like allowing Obama back into the U.S.)
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To: blam

Another science propoganda lie. Water doesnt just magically disappear. It may migrate from one area to another but it does not just go away. The H2O molecules do not leave the planet unless they get taken away by some space mission or we get hit by a large space object (which btw is why comets have water). The same water molecules you are drinking now have been drank by many other people and animals and dinosaurs for millions and millions of years. Don’t believe the hype!


50 posted on 12/05/2013 8:19:51 AM PST by rwoodward ("god, guns and more ammo")
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