Australian researchers recently located huge fresh water reservoirs beneath a seabed off China and it is believed that the discovery could lead to some relief for China’s current water-shortage issues…as well as possible added water territory disputes and probably an oncoming war (if you’re with these people).
According the research team led by Dr. Vincent Post, from Australia’s National Center for Groundwater Research and Training and Finders University, nearly 500,000 cubic km of freshwater was discovered buried beneath the seabed on continental shelves, according to Sci-News.com.
“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. Knowing about these reserves is great news because this volume of water could sustain some regions for decades,” Dr. Post published in Nature journal.
Post said the reserves were formed over the past hundred of years, when the coastline was further out and sea level was lower than it is now. When it rained, water trickled into the ground and filled up water tables that are now under the sea.
As the sea level began to rise, many aquifers were, and still are, protected from sea water by layers of clay and sediment on top of them, he explained.
He also also said the water is suitable for drinking and could “sustain some regions for decades.”
“The aquifers are similar to the ones below land, which much of the world relies on for drinking water, and their salinity is low enough for them to be turned into potable water,” the scientist explained.
“There are two ways to access this water – build a platform out at sea and drill into the seabed, or drill from the mainland or islands close to the aquifers.”
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