18 Apr '11, 2pm

Can Tech Make the Desert Bloom Again?: Sde Boqer, Israel --- The archeological remains of Avdat seem like a st...

Sde Boqer, Israel --- The archeological remains of Avdat seem like a strange place to study farming. The site -- a camel caravan stop built by the Nabateans over 2,000 years ago in the Negev Desert -- sits in the middle of a vast, dry desert. Hard brown loess lightly sprinkled with stunted shrubs and bleak weeds stretches for miles. The only substantial greenery is clustered at a farm irrigated by desalinated water piped miles away from the coast and a roadside McDonald’s. It looks like Arizona on a bad day. But Hendrik Bruins, a professor of the Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research and the Swiss Institute for Dryland Environmental Research, implores observers to take a closer look. Some of those scraggly shrubs grow in straight lines. Notice the random, low wall peeking out of the crust. Soon, it becomes apparent. This isn’t pristine desert. The bush geometry in...

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