20 Jul '12, 3pm

Aquifer discovered in arid Namibia could yield 400 years of water — or 15

Aquifer discovered in arid Namibia could yield 400 years of water — or 15

We are not huge fans of digging in the ground to pull out oil that is then burned. But we are sometimes fans of digging in the ground to pull out water so people can drink. Namibia is dominated by the Namib desert , which runs 2,000 miles along the western coast of the continent from Angola into South Africa. The country is the most arid African nation south of the Sahara . Residents in the northern region rely on a 40-year-old canal to bring water in from neighboring Angola. But that may change. The BBC reports : A newly discovered water source in Namibia could have a major impact on development in the driest country in sub-Saharan Africa. Estimates suggest the aquifer could supply the north of the country for 400 years at current rates of consumption. Scientists say the water is up to 10,000 years old but is cleaner to drink than many modern sources. The general region a...

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