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Slow death of Africa's Lake Chad
BBC News ^ | Friday, 14 April 2006 | Andrew Bomford

Posted on 04/16/2006 2:29:22 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

Lake Chad, which once straddled the borders of Chad, Niger, Nigeria and Cameroon, has shrunk by an estimated 95% since the mid 1960s, due to the growth of agriculture and declining rainfall. Image: Unep
Lake Chad, which once straddled the borders of Chad, Niger, Nigeria and Cameroon, has shrunk by an estimated 95% since the mid 1960s, due to the growth of agriculture and declining rainfall. Image: Unep

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TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: africa; chad; climate; drought; energy; godsgravesglyphs; heyerdahl; lakechad
This is a GGG topic because of at least one Herodotus connection (Lake Tritonis) and obliquely, because Lake Chad is where the boatbuilders came from for Thor Heyerdahl's Ra expeditions. Chad is in the news lately because of the Moslem drive to take over the country, overthrow the current (African) government, and take charge of the country's oil reserves.

1 posted on 04/16/2006 2:29:24 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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2 posted on 04/16/2006 2:29:48 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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Out Of Africa
Science News Magazine | 9-29-2001 | Sid Perkins
Posted on 10/08/2001 7:51:53 PM EDT by blam
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/543092/posts

"One of the most prolific spawning grounds for dust today is the Bodele depression, a low-lying area that was once part of Lake Chad. Although this lake on the southern edge of the Sahara Desert was about the size of Lake Erie in the mid-1960s, the recent lack of rain and the increased demand for water for irrigation has caused Lake Chad to shrink to 5 percent of that area."

Ice Dissapearing from Kilimanjaro?
Let me guess. It's the all the pollution. NOT
MSNBC ASSOCIATED PRESS | Oct. 17th, 2002 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
Posted on 10/18/2002 5:29:24 PM EDT by Yzerman

"An extremely wet period evidenced in the ice corings matches independent studies that showed about 11,000 years ago the lakes in Africa spilled across vast areas of the continent. Lake Chad, for instance, said Thompson, grew until it covered 135,000 square miles, about the size of the present day Caspian Sea. The African lake now is only about 6,500 square miles... That wet period ended and the ice corings show that Africa slid into a deep drought about 4,000 years ago."


3 posted on 04/16/2006 2:31:35 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv
Lake Chad, which once straddled the borders of Chad, Niger, Nigeria and Cameroon, has shrunk by an estimated 95% since the mid 1960s

And that would be Bush's fault of course.

4 posted on 04/16/2006 2:31:51 PM PDT by JRios1968 (E=mc3...the origin of "friends don't let friends derive drunk.")
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To: JRios1968

First in! ;')

There has been pressure on aquifers (even the desert has those) due to decreasing rainfall (it has been decreasing for at least 4000 years); also the lake is pretty shallow, and exposed to a cloudless sky and the unforgiving rays of the Sun. Other things didn't help much, such as water diversion projects, and attempts to use the water for irrigated agriculture.

Chad has good relations with Israel -- perhaps they can learn all about the trickle irrigation techniques the Israelis have developed. But first, Chad will need to get rid of the Islamofascist threat.


5 posted on 04/16/2006 2:36:45 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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Ancient lakes of the Sahara
Innovations Report | Jan 19, 2006 | University of Reading
Posted on 01/21/2006 4:14:03 AM PST by Tyche
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1562135/posts


6 posted on 04/16/2006 2:38:45 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

That, too, is something they can learn from Israel!


7 posted on 04/16/2006 2:39:01 PM PDT by JRios1968 (E=mc3...the origin of "friends don't let friends derive drunk.")
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To: JRios1968

> And that would be Bush's fault of course.

Why do people delight in saying that? It's not funny and it never was. Not even with obvious sarcasm. When the entire continent is desertified, are you guys going to slap your knees and say, Ho ho ho, Bush's fault.


8 posted on 04/16/2006 2:54:56 PM PDT by cloud8
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To: cloud8

I won't...but there are plenty of idiot Libs who will say it and somehow mean it.


9 posted on 04/16/2006 2:56:30 PM PDT by JRios1968 (E=mc3...the origin of "friends don't let friends derive drunk.")
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To: cloud8

FWIW, the Sahara has been shrinking for the last 20 years, with the vegetation line moving north in the Sahel. When it moved south in the 80s it was world news. Movement in the other direction isn't even reported.


10 posted on 04/16/2006 3:15:54 PM PDT by Restorer
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To: JRios1968

Good, Rios. Let's all of us stop it then.


11 posted on 04/16/2006 3:43:20 PM PDT by cloud8
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12 posted on 04/16/2006 4:15:34 PM PDT by Aetius
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To: SunkenCiv
Is it heading for L.A.?

Owens River water flows into the Los Angeles aqueduct.


13 posted on 04/16/2006 6:44:20 PM PDT by bannie (The government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend upon the support of Paul.)
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To: SunkenCiv
I've always thought that one of the great unexplored areas for archeology would be under the Saharan sands.

With reference to Lake Chad: it seems to be undergToing the same demise as the Aral Sea. Too shallow for the amount of irrigation drawn from it.

14 posted on 04/16/2006 8:22:18 PM PDT by happygrl
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To: SunkenCiv

Darn, this bugs me, because I've always been used to seeing Lake Chad (and the Aral Sea, for that matter) on maps. I hate to see it turn into merely a depression.


15 posted on 04/17/2006 12:37:33 PM PDT by cogitator
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To: cogitator

It's depressing.


16 posted on 04/17/2006 6:39:09 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: happygrl

Yeah, pumping water out to use for irrigation wasn't the greatest idea anyone ever had.


17 posted on 04/17/2006 6:39:58 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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