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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Global Whazzat?

Global What? Global anything is not being mentioned in the run up to the 2012 USA presidential elections. A lot of it is due to the fact that the Republican Party is catering to people who do not "cotton" with "that there scientificky stuff" too much.

Well, the glaciers in southwest China are melting rapidly. These are the source of the Yellow River. Glaciers are enormous storages of water which thoughtfully do not require any dams or reservoirs or maintenance of any sort... just a little thoughfulness about CO2.
Once the glacial reservoirs are melted, many of the world's great rivers may tend to become more like seasonal flows, like wadis in Arabia, that flow with the rains and monsoons and anti-cyclonic storms, but not much at all at other times.... and probably there would be more large floods.

I suppose we could spend an enormous amount of money and build even more dams to create man-made reservoirs of water... not as cheaply as frozen glaciers, but they may do the trick.That would be quite a large transfer of wealth from other areas to that of water storage.

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