Skip to comments.Scientists Discover Massive Freshwater Reserves Underneath The Ocean Floor
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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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
Think I’ll go water the line.
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.
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.
"In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, on the seventeenth day of the second monthon that day all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened." Genesis 7:11
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.
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.
That’s their agenda.
Government, and liberals, don’t seek to control resources -
they seek to control people.
Obviously these scientists are wrong because that would mean that parts of the Bible might actually be true. /sarcasm
Well, how did I get here?
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.
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?
I thought about that too
“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?
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.
And you may find yourself...
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.
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.
Talking heads had it all figured out! Who knew??
And the fountains of the deep gave forth water......
This is not my beautiful wife...
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?
Earth...the ultimate recycling machine. Like it or not.
Same as it ever was.
Amazing isn't it how much evidence of Truth there is if we look with open minds.
The Israelis are doing desalination of the Med Sea on a grand scale. That seems more workable than digging for it.
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?
Amen to that! Every time that I hear someone talk about water as a finite resource, I know I'm listening to an idiot.
Can an ocean be fresh water?
Indeed, my recollection is that Earth's water is reasonably constant, but of course not always in the same place in the same form.
Critical think: If we use all the water in the ocean how will we replace it
What about the effect on global climate change and species eradication?
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.
Huh? It's stopped raining? Rivers are drying up?
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.
(for all we know) there is more water underground than there is above ground (including the oceans).
in a sane world that is.
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!