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Mega Lake under North Darfur Sands (Oil and Water!)

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El-Baz: Mega Lake under North Darfur Sands
Saturday 23 June 2007

By Isma’il Kamal
In a jam packed conference room with over 400 attendees, world renowned Egyptian scientist Farouk El-Baz gave a talk on the “North Darfur Mega Lake,” Wednesday evening, June 20, 2007. The event was held in al-Shaheed Shareef Zein al-‘Abideen Conference Room in The Police House in Khartoum, and was attended by several high ranking governmental officials, including Presidential Advisor Arkoi Minawi, Foreign Minister Lam Akol, Defense Minister Abd al-Rahim Muhammad Hussein and former Prime Minister al-Sadiq al-Mahdi. Several Sudanese academicians also attended.
The event was organized by Compurterman College with several co-sponsors, including The Ministry of Irrigation and Water Resources and al-Ribat National University. The talk was moderated by the Minister of Interior, al-Zubayr Basheer Taha.
El-Baz argued that beneath the sands of North Darfur, about one kilometer deep, lies a “mega lake” of water, collected nearly one million years ago.
“This area that is desert was different in the past, probably savannah,” said El-Baz of northern Sudan and southern Egypt and Libya.
El-Baz compared the “North Darfur Mega Lake” to the deep ground waters used to feed Libya’s Great Man-Made River and Egypt’s Salima Depression water wells in south-west Egypt.
Professor Farouk El-Baz, along with Boston University, Computerman College and University College Khartoum, have launched an initiative to dig one thousand artesian wells around the mega lake of northern Darfur.
“This will help us grow wheat and not depend on the West,” he said.
Several governmental attendees promised to promote the issue in upcoming Council of Ministers’ meetings.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/04/070411073519.htm

Space Data Unveils Evidence Of Ancient Mega-lake In Northern Darfur

Source: Boston University
Date: April 12, 2007

Space Data Unveils Evidence Of Ancient Mega-lake In Northern Darfur
Science Daily — Researchers from the Boston University Center for Remote Sensing used recently acquired topographic data from satellites to reveal an ancient mega-lake in the Darfur province of northwestern Sudan. Drs. Eman Ghoneim and Farouk El-Baz made the finding while investigating Landsat images and Radarsat data. Radar waves are able to penetrate the fine-grained sand cover in the hot and dry eastern Sahara to reveal buried features.


Northern Darfur Mega-Lake (Credit: Boston University Center for Remote Sensing)

Segments of the lake's shoreline were identified at the constant altitude of 573 ± 3 meters above sea level. Ghoneim incorporated these segments with the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) data into a Geographical Information System to reconstruct the lake and the ancient river courses that led to it. At its maximum extent, the lake occupied an area of about 30,750 km2 and would have contained approximately 2,530 km3 when full of water in the past.

The researchers made no inferences regarding the age of the lake; however, its vast extent suggests that it existed for a long period of time when rainfall was plentiful in the eastern Sahara.

"Field investigations and samples will determine the exact age of the lake," said El-Baz, director of the Boston University Center for Remote Sensing. "One thing is certain -- much of the lake's water would have seeped through the sandstone substrate to accumulate as groundwater."

"This ancient lake, which represents indisputable evidence of the past rainy conditions in the eastern Sahara, will have significant consequences for improving our knowledge of continental climate change and regional palaeohydrology," said Ghoneim.

According to the researchers, mapping the site of the former lake, named the Northern Darfur Mega-lake, will help with groundwater exploration efforts in the Darfur region, where access to fresh water is essential for refugee survival.

As proven by El-Baz in Egypt, just north of Darfur, former lakes in this part of the Sahara are underlain by vast amounts of groundwater. His earlier detection of the "East Uweinat" basin in southwestern Egypt -- where the groundwater rises to 25 meters below the surface -- resulted in the drilling of 500 wells to irrigate 100,000 acres of agricultural land.

"Such large sedimentary basins have potential not only in groundwater resources, but also oil and gas resources at depth," said El-Baz.

A paper detailing the discovery will be published in an upcoming issue of the International Journal of Remote Sensing.

Note: This story has been adapted from a news release issued by Boston University.

Comments

in the west because zionist hyenas want to bring its UN dog to control that area and eventually create puppet state for stupefied new born Christians that are being threatened by Sudanese radical islamist regime. Their dirty tongues are always there here the money is. Just watch this bastards how they escalate yet another "civil war" in Sudan.

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