Oh great, now we can exploit more non-renewable resources until we suddenly discover what terrible damage we have done. Then we'll try to convince people to go sparingly on the water and they'll claim hoax and complain that economic activity will suffer etc etc...
While this find is interesting I am obviously shocked that the first thought is to suck all the water out and use it. Shouldn't we be stopping the awful wastage of fresh water we do today?
Wonderful! Another one-time resource we can squander and postpone the actual dealing with the issue (aka not wasting resources like a bunch of hogs) to our children and grandchildren.
We humans are geniuses.
Hmm,. now we just need to find another similar reserve of oil for the next 100 years and we're set,... :b
I suggest that we capture the water from the burning of hydrocarbon fuel.
Are people that silly? Other than what bleeds off into space is reclaimed by the planet. Once you consume water, it doesn't disappear....The Oceans are a renewable source of water. Do we have to work to use it again via desalination? sure. but then if we want to use wood, another renewable resource, we have to grow the trees, cut them down, process them, etc...Our water is not just disappearing people, not like your thinking anyway. On a similar note oil is being recycled into carbon and other products. Its just going to take longer to recycle them that one might some aluminum cans or such things. There is no black hole where our resources are falling into once they are used.
It may not be that simple to suck that water out. On dry-land aquifers the level merely drops as air permeated down to where the water was. What replaces removed water when the aquifer is under the ocean? It seems like a recipe for its immediate contamination.
Think, then think again before doing it.
David Clarke
Why not pump down carbon dioxide, then we could have our own soda fountain? As far as desalination plants go, why can't they be operated using solar energy, either directly by evaporating water with solar heat, or using solar panels to generate electricity and evaporate the water that way? That way they don't cost much to operate.
it would be better to switch all our water consumption to sea water that has been desalinated. We should also try use the sea in production of hydrogen.
We should ban the use of fresh water. Sure it takes energy to desalinate water, but the sea creates wave energy, and wind energy, and we have sun energy, lets harvest that energy and use the sea as a renewable resource.
Once we start using the sea we will never have to issue hose pipe bans or go thirsty again, and also, it would be nice to see the maths to figure out how much we could use and would it have an impact on sea levels.
Using water out of a aquifer at a sustained rate faster than it is replenished is fairly stupid but using it as a reservoir to get through a drought makes sense.
For desalinization it should be noted that there is very little difference in the design of the boiler in a steam cycle power plant and a steam cycle desalinator.
As for what to do with the brine study Israel's dead sea industry.
Stephen N Russell
Is this worldwide?? wow if so.