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mike Meehan

Would It Be Possible To Make The Sahara Desert Bloom Again

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Perhaps I am looking at the situation through naïve rose tinted spectacles but the thought occurs that there is a sizable land mass of an equivalent size to the of the United State s of America, which is largely unpopulated.

Now I wonder; if we were to have a large enough number of photovoltaic panels there, would there be sufficient energy produced to create distillations plants, enough to make this region a fertile and producing region again, as it has been in the past?

Once kick started it could even have generate a feedback whereby the evaporation from the plants could generate water vapour possibly altering the climate there to some extent with probably having more reaching effects which at the moment would be unknown.

It would solve a lot of the water and food problems of North Africa and any surplus power could be used for domestic and industrial uses. Further since part of the area is a producer of finite fuels, oil and gas, which will eventually run out, wouldn’t this give an opportunity to export any surplus power to Europe? Not only that it would give people a reason to stay in their home lands rather than emigrate to what is now becoming an over populated Europe.

I have no idea of the logistics involved in what would be a Herculean project and how the different politics of the area might affect this.

I just put this idea forward so that more knowledgeable people may discuss it – after all it may just be a pipe dream.

Will be interested in what you have to say re this.

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It could also generate more tourism? but there is a problem of over doing it and then have the whole place turn into a rainforest etc which might be good for carbon dioxide surpression at first but eventually might turn out like the amazon with it being deforested as the indiginous people would have no areas for income (Cattle, Cotton, Hemp, Oil, Gold, Diamonds etc) causing the 'global warming' problem to become worse.

Another thing is what would it do to the planets climate as a whole? Africa might turn into grass lands/forests/lakes etc but it could potenitally warm/cool the planet or turn another continent into a dessert.

Its such a massive task that I think only an asteroid or a planetary shift could alter the climate/geography of northern africa.

Good qustion though food for thought.

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Great to make this thread .il get to this with more time. this is a subject that needs to be looked at for not much is done about what could and is possible.

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The Egyptians are in the process of doing just that with the construction of a second Nile valley.

Of course they are relying on a rather large lake to tap in to

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A program last night on Beeb 2 suggested the surface of the moon could be encircled with photovoltaic cells and the resultant power gained, sufficient to satisfy all the worlds' needs beamed down to the Earth via micro-waves - wouldn't that be a little hazardous though? :unsure:

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A program last night on Beeb 2 suggested the surface of the moon could be encircled with photovoltaic cells and the resultant power gained, sufficient to satisfy all the worlds' needs beamed down to the Earth via micro-waves - wouldn't that be a little hazardous though? :unsure:

Mwahhhhh hahhhh hahhhh!

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