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When the Rivers Run Dry

Water--The Defining Crisis of the Twenty-First Century

by Fred Pearce

When the Rivers Run Dry
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    Mar 2006, 320 pages
    Mar 2007, 336 pages

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All About Water

Did you know?

  • The earth contains about 1.1 quadrillion acre-feet of water, but 97% is seawater.
  • Of the remaining 28 trillion acre-feet of freshwater on or near the surface, two-thirds is locked up as ice.
  • Only the remaining 9.7 trillion acre-feet is in liquid form, mostly in underground aquifers.
  • However, what is more meaningful for scientists is how fast a particular source can be replenished by rain. For example, many of the world's biggest aquifers are under deserts in North Africa and the Middle-East (the legacy of eons past), but they are not getting replenished.
  • It's estimated that it takes 1/2 an Olympic sized swimming pool in water to feed, water and clothe an average westerner.
  • The world grows twice as much food as it did a generation ago but uses 3-times as much water to do so.
  • A quarter of India's crops are being grown using non-renewable sources.
  • Salt from irrigation water causes 25 million acres of fields to become unusable ...

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