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(BBC)   Driest part of Africa just finds it has been sitting on centuries' worth of water for, well, centuries   (bbc.co.uk) divider line 81
    More: Spiffy, Namibia, aquifers, environmental pollution, paucity, Angola, Martin Quinger  
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ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-07-20 08:45:16 PM  
Estimates suggest the aquifer could supply the north of the country for 400 years at current rates of consumption.

Or four years after they build their own Vegas.
 
2012-07-20 08:45:27 PM  
That's good.

I bless the rains down in Africa.
 
2012-07-20 09:17:39 PM  
FTA: "Vast aquifer found in Namibia could last for centuries"

Don't worry, I'm sure there's some oil company that can't wait to dump their fracking waste water into it.
 
2012-07-20 09:30:47 PM  

PacManDreaming: FTA: "Vast aquifer found in Namibia could last for centuries"

Don't worry, I'm sure there's some oil company that can't wait to dump their fracking waste water into it.


There's no oil, but the water is 10,000 years old. I could see a bottled water company making a nice little profit.

Quench your thirst with "Ice Age Water". Mmm mm good
 
2012-07-20 11:17:40 PM  
Humans win?
 
2012-07-20 11:21:07 PM  
Don't worry, since this is Africa it'll be mismanaged and gone by next June.
 
2012-07-20 11:21:14 PM  
Ladies and gentlemen, Mister Slim Whitman! Yaaaaay!

/Kermit
 
2012-07-20 11:24:50 PM  
I thought the aquifers under Africa were common knowledge. All of the locations aren't fully mapped out, but the fact that N. Africa was sitting on a metric ton of water has been known a while.
 
2012-07-20 11:25:47 PM  
Soon to follow: WMD found in Namibia.
 
2012-07-20 11:25:49 PM  

ZAZ: Estimates suggest the aquifer could supply the north of the country for 400 years at current rates of consumption.

Or four years after they build their own Vegas.


Hey everybody! I won the lottery! I can totally afford this fleet of Porches. PARTY!!!
 
2012-07-20 11:26:15 PM  
Long to be sittin' on chrome, damn if they weren't sitting' on water
 
2012-07-20 11:28:07 PM  
Sittin'
 
2012-07-20 11:28:20 PM  
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Skroob: Ah, Namibia, and ten thousand years of fresh water.
Dark Helmet: [whispers to Colonel Sandurz] The way he runs things, it won't last a hundred.
 
2012-07-20 11:28:52 PM  
It's probably full of AIDS.
 
2012-07-20 11:29:01 PM  
Dear Farkers,

I am Prince Nasabooboo Bobostein, the rightful heir to the Namibian land that the recently discovered aquifer is located under. I need your help to reclaim my land and only you can help! If you can send me $45,000 along with a bag of wolverines and a hotdog rotisserie I can rectify the wrong that has been done to me. If you can help me now I will offer you a 423% stake in the profits from this land. I will also offer you a wolverine hotdog. Please respond quickly, I am in danger & need your help immediately!

Yours,
Prince Bobostein
 
2012-07-20 11:33:28 PM  
I dunno, something seems fishy. Maybe the guy claiming "we are aiming at is a sustainable water supply so we only extract the amount of water that is being recharged" when the aquifer is already covered by a shallower salty aquifer that will get any surface recharge at all.
 
2012-07-20 11:34:03 PM  
invade them now! liberate that water for people who really need it! Like fat white people who like to quench their thirst by paying 5.00 a pint for "ancient african artesian" water!
 
2012-07-20 11:35:13 PM  

JRoo: It's probably full of AIDS.


And de poo poo of sabre tooth tigers.
 
2012-07-20 11:35:41 PM  
There should be Golf Courses and giant McMansion yards for as far as the eye can see...
 
2012-07-20 11:37:17 PM  
So when will the militias with machetes start cutting off peoples hands?
 
2012-07-20 11:37:48 PM  
It's Africa, they'll fark it up.
 
2012-07-20 11:39:24 PM  
For the people of northern Namibia water is something that they either have too much of or too little.

I feel the same way about Mexicans. Never around when I need one of them to clean my office, but go to a Chinese buffet on Cinco De Mayo and suddenly there's a 45 minute wait for a table.
 
2012-07-20 11:39:42 PM  
Next weekS headline:

POLAND SPRINGS TO OFFER ICE AGE WATER TO THE US.
 
2012-07-20 11:39:45 PM  

Renowned transvestite sexologist: I thought the aquifers under Africa were common knowledge. All of the locations aren't fully mapped out, but the fact that N. Africa was sitting on a metric ton of water has been known a while.



Yea I dont think 275.5 gallons is do em much good. ;)
 
2012-07-20 11:40:48 PM  

Myk Ox: Renowned transvestite sexologist: I thought the aquifers under Africa were common knowledge. All of the locations aren't fully mapped out, but the fact that N. Africa was sitting on a metric ton of water has been known a while.


Yea I dont think 275.5 gallons is do em much good. ;)


Pedant.
 
2012-07-20 11:45:31 PM  
The Human Centi-pedant.
 
2012-07-20 11:47:05 PM  
Next place for a civil war to start. It's Africa.
 
2012-07-20 11:47:15 PM  
Oh my bad. Thought the winky face made it ok.
 
2012-07-20 11:47:58 PM  
German researchers found it and now that it's found, the Nimibian's are going to find a way to exploit it, either with empathy, violence or both.
 
2012-07-20 11:49:40 PM  
I hope they don't go opening a really big hole down into that newly found sea of water... they'll release the second wave of zombie Nazi's!!!!!
 
2012-07-20 11:50:59 PM  

Mark Ratner: PacManDreaming: FTA: "Vast aquifer found in Namibia could last for centuries"

Don't worry, I'm sure there's some oil company that can't wait to dump their fracking waste water into it.

There's no oil, but the water is 10,000 years old. I could see a bottled water company making a nice little profit.

Quench your thirst with "Ice Age Water". Mmm mm good


Was thinking the same thing. Wonder how long before Pepsi, Coca-cola or Dannon tries to lay claim to it.
 
2012-07-20 11:54:00 PM  

Myk Ox: Yea I dont think 275.5 gallons is do em much good. ;)


Cute, but wrong. A metric ton of water is one cubic meter of water, which is about 264.172 gallons.
 
2012-07-20 11:54:15 PM  
TheMega: I hope they don't go opening a really big hole down into that newly found sea of water... they'll release the second wave of zombie Nazi's!!!!!

awesome reference!
 
2012-07-20 11:58:35 PM  
Wow. I'm glad the article didn't say how deep it was, because that would have been, you know, relevant and interesting.

/written by the same people who talk about works of art which have been stolen, but don't include a picture of the thing?
 
2012-07-21 12:07:44 AM  
SN1987a goes boom: Don't worry, since this is Africa it'll be mismanaged and gone by next June.

Nahh, it won't be gone, it will be sitting right in the ground where they found it.

// because warlords will promptly take over any wells that are sunk.
 
2012-07-21 12:08:59 AM  

Renowned transvestite sexologist: Myk Ox: Yea I dont think 275.5 gallons is do em much good. ;)

Cute, but wrong. A metric ton tonne of water is one cubic meter of water, which is about 264.172 gallons.


FTFY

/ can't even get a decent pedant these days
 
2012-07-21 12:09:28 AM  
The logic regarding: "take the same amount as is recharged" and 10,000 years old doesn't seem to make sense to me.
 
2012-07-21 12:14:05 AM  
www.askactor.com

Well, there goes that bit
 
2012-07-21 12:14:53 AM  

SN1987a goes boom: Don't worry, since this is Africa it'll be mismanaged and gone by next June.


Sadly just what I was thinking
 
2012-07-21 12:17:12 AM  
What the hell is this "Scientists say the water is up to 10,000 years old but is cleaner to drink than many modern sources.".

Water is from space. No new water is created. You're drinking dinosaur pee. Did they mean the water took 10,000 years to get there?
 
2012-07-21 12:19:58 AM  
I remember reading somewhere (maybe National Geographic) that this has been known for years, and that a lot of scientists consider it a bad idea to tap into this water source. For one they do not know how extensive the aquifer network runs and if they tap one play they could be taking water away from another. Also, a lot of estimates on how long it will last are really just guesses. And finally, this is just a "short term" solution. Sure, if it lasts for 400 years that is still a pretty long time, but what then? When it runs it it will need thousands and thousands of years for the aquifers to fill up again. So if you want to have a short term "greening" at the cost of further hurting not only your local region but possibly a much larger area, then go ahead. Tap into this water.
 
2012-07-21 12:20:42 AM  

ParaHandy: / can't even get a decent pedant these days


In the United States, Metric Ton = Metric Tonne. They are the same thing. A ton != metric ton. They are not the same.

A metric ton/metric tonne of water are both one cubic meter of water, which is about 264.172 gallons.

FTFY
 
2012-07-21 12:21:13 AM  

djh0101010: Wow. I'm glad the article didn't say how deep it was, because that would have been, you know, relevant and interesting.


They didn't tell how deep it was because you'd be down there digging.

But yeah, it would have been extremely interesting. I'm not being sarcastic, knowing that information would have made my day.
 
2012-07-21 12:21:19 AM  
So that's where the sand-trout have been hiding...
 
2012-07-21 12:22:29 AM  

Hyggelig lurker: No new water is created.


While your essential point remains the same, you made a factual error in this statement. Everything that burns creates water.
 
2012-07-21 12:31:59 AM  

Hyggelig lurker: What the hell is this "Scientists say the water is up to 10,000 years old but is cleaner to drink than many modern sources.".

Water is from space. No new water is created. You're drinking dinosaur pee. Did they mean the water took 10,000 years to get there?


Not quite true. Water is broken down into 2H and O in many biological processes. Many other biological and chemical processes take H and O from chemical reagents and create H2O as a product. Burning gasoline yields a significant amount of H2O as well as CO2, that's where the "hydro" in "hydrocarbon" goes.

They're saying that those specific molecules of H2O have apparently been sequestered down there for 10K years, out of circulation. No idea how they established that. TFA does say it will "recharge" from surface water if it's drained, so water can get in. It just never left.
 
2012-07-21 12:34:23 AM  
Water is plentiful in the universe, biatches.
 
2012-07-21 12:35:20 AM  
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2012-07-21 12:40:54 AM  

Oznog: Hyggelig lurker: What the hell is this "Scientists say the water is up to 10,000 years old but is cleaner to drink than many modern sources.".

Water is from space. No new water is created. You're drinking dinosaur pee. Did they mean the water took 10,000 years to get there?

Not quite true. Water is broken down into 2H and O in many biological processes. Many other biological and chemical processes take H and O from chemical reagents and create H2O as a product. Burning gasoline yields a significant amount of H2O as well as CO2, that's where the "hydro" in "hydrocarbon" goes.

They're saying that those specific molecules of H2O have apparently been sequestered down there for 10K years, out of circulation. No idea how they established that. TFA does say it will "recharge" from surface water if it's drained, so water can get in. It just never left.


The isotope ratio of the H2 and O2 molecules can't be used to date water, but the dissolves gases can. Solar and cosmic radiation creates a predictable isotope content while water is circulating in the biosphere. Once it gets sequestered underground, the isotopes decay naturally and the ratios of radioisotopes to their decay products indicates how long it's been buried down there.
 
2012-07-21 12:57:14 AM  

Oznog: Oznog: Hyggelig lurker: What the hell is this "Scientists say the water is up to 10,000 years old but is cleaner to drink than many modern sources.".

Water is from space. No new water is created. You're drinking dinosaur pee. Did they mean the water took 10,000 years to get there?

Not quite true. Water is broken down into 2H and O in many biological processes. Many other biological and chemical processes take H and O from chemical reagents and create H2O as a product. Burning gasoline yields a significant amount of H2O as well as CO2, that's where the "hydro" in "hydrocarbon" goes.

They're saying that those specific molecules of H2O have apparently been sequestered down there for 10K years, out of circulation. No idea how they established that. TFA does say it will "recharge" from surface water if it's drained, so water can get in. It just never left.

The isotope ratio of the H2 and O2 molecules can't be used to date water, but the dissolves gases can. Solar and cosmic radiation creates a predictable isotope content while water is circulating in the biosphere. Once it gets sequestered underground, the isotopes decay naturally and the ratios of radioisotopes to their decay products indicates how long it's been buried down there.


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