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Fields of Green Spring up in Saudi Arabia

Fields of Green Spring up in Saudi Arabia | SJC Science |
Saudi Arabia is drilling for a resource possibly more precious than oil by tapping hidden reserves of water in the Syrian Desert.

Via Seth Dixon
James Hobson's curator insight, October 22, 6:18 PM

(Southwest Asia topic 1)

Oil isn't the only precious liquid buried beneath the Arabian Peninsula. Large pockets of underground water are stored beneath the arid landscape. Recently this water has been being tapped more and more as agriculture in the region expands. Economically and politically, Saudi Arabia is hoping to become less dependent on foreign agriculture, just as the U.S. is pushing for less dependence on foreign oil. However, drilling for both in the same place is something that requires extreme levels of caution; watered-down oil would be an economic inconvenience, but oil mixing with a country's water supply is a life-or-death issue.

Amanda Morgan's curator insight, October 23, 8:33 PM

The transformation of Saudi Arabia's greenery is a smart idea and I can imagine incredibly beneficial.  We always hear about not wanting to be oil dependent on a foreign countries.  What do oil rich countries say?  Well, Saudi Arabia found a solution for not wanting to be dependent on foreign countries for their agricultural needs.

Shanelle Zaino's curator insight, October 26, 9:37 PM

From 1987-2012 NASA has been recording some very strange topography from satellite imaging. Green patches have been presenting themselves as a result of deep oil drilling. In search of fossil fuels far below the desert's crust, water reserves have been located. These water reserves are believed to have been trapped from the last Ice Age. It is because of this discovery that these water reserves have been tapped and irrigation has taken place.Irrigation is being used to water fields with a sprinkler system. This process is known as center-pivot irrigation. Although experts do not know how much water could be below the surface, it is estimated it may only be enough to last for 50 years. With this estimation this may only be a temporary aid to this otherwise dry country.

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STEM: Water Cycle Videos | Save the Water

STEM: Water Cycle Videos | Save the Water | SJC Science |
Animated water cycle and watershed videos for teachers and educators. 40 different water videos for children K-8 (RT @stemeducation: Know a teacher who'd like to have some quality educational videos on water and the water cycle?

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