A potential global water crisis looms in our future as our currently available freshwater reserves become quickly depleted. Scientists and Geologists have been searching the globe for new sources of freshwater in order to quench the thirst of our growing global population. It seems that they may have discovered a huge source of freshwater laying trapped beneath the floor of our salty oceans. This unlikely place for freshwater could be the source that we need to continue our current rate of survival, but there could also be potential consequences for tapping into it.
500,000 Kilometers Of Freshwater Reserves Discovered Beneath The Ocean[caption id="attachment_89866" align="alignleft" width="300"] 500,000 cubic kilometers of freshwater are reportedly found under the ocean floors.[/caption] Researchers hypothesized that freshwater might have existed underneath our oceans for a while now, and they have just recently began to prove it. Near all of our world’s continents there are significant deposits of freshwater under the ocean. There is an estimate half million cubic kilometers of freshwater discovered so far underneath the ocean floors.
Scientists suggest that a long time ago before the water level on our planet rose to the levels that it is at now, many places near our continental shelves on the ocean floors were actually above water. When this prehistoric rain soaked below the landscape at that time it formed massive underground aquifers. This water was then protected from the ocean’s salt water by layers of clay and sediment, much like how oil is stored beneath the ocean floor.
Now the trick to keeping these water sources fresh will be ensuring that humans do not accidentally taint the water reserves by allowing salt water to leak into them if drilling and tapping commences. Undoubtedly there will be some form of human error that will cause a catastrophe with these freshwater stores. Much like how human irresponsibility has caused ecological disasters with oil drilling, you could expect there to be some sort of unintended mishap involving the freshwater stores. On the up-side, if there was a major disaster with one of the freshwater reserves, it probably wouldn’t be as harmful of an impact on our environment as spilling millions of gallons of oil into the ocean.
Another potential drawback to these aquifers being tapped is the privatization of freshwater. If we do undertake the task of tapping the reserves, we might see private companies regulating supply and prices of freshwater. It may be difficult for corporation to ethically and responsibly manage such a vital resource for our livelyhood. As the ex-CEO of Nestle had attested, he thought that freshwater should be a privatized source so that only companies can regulate it.
Additional concerns for tapping into the freshwater aquifers under the ocean is that as the stores of water are depleted, it may become possible for the continental shelves in those areas to become less stable. The lack of water below the surface may make it hard for the ocean floor to hold up the massive pressure of the ocean above. In theory this could cause a collapse resulting in massive earthquakes. There have been controversies surrounding similar drilling practices of oil and natural gases as well.
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500,000 Kilometers Of Freshwater Reserves Discovered Beneath The Ocean.