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  (Source: ITV News)
It was discovered in northwest Kenya about 300 meters underground

A huge water reserve has been discovered in Kenya, and it has enough to meet Kenya's H2O-related needs for the next 70 years. 

Through the use of satellite, geological and radar technology, the Kenyan government and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) have discovered an aquifer in northwest Kenya about 300 meters underground. 

An aquifer is a an underground layer of water-bearing material -- such as gravel and sand -- and water can be pulled from the materials through the use of a well. 

The new aquifer is called Lotikipi Basin, and it is approximately 100 km (62 miles) by 66 km (41 miles) in size. It has a surface area of 4,164 km2 and contains an estimated 200 billion cubic meters of fresh water.

RTI said the water passing underground is easy to reach for drinking and agricultural purposes. 

To put its size into perspective, Lotikipi alone holds 900 percent more than Kenya's current water reserves, and Loch Ness could fit into it approximately 25 times. 

The Kenyan government is planning ways to use the resource for the country while UNESCO plans ways of finding similar water reserves in other countries in Africa. 

"I'm not saying this could solve all of the problems because from finding water to providing water to the population is another step because we need to have investment, we need to put in place infrastructure and so on, said Abou Amani of UNESCO. "But we have seen the system and the fact water is there, and that is extremely important and it could be a game changer within the country."

Source: RTI





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BFD...
By rdhood on 9/12/2013 12:17:33 PM , Rating: 5
Hate to be a pessimist, but if there is any way for an African country to ruin a good thing, they will find it. Expect wars, rape, bloodshed, and vast government corruption to come from any resource of any value.

I suspect China will be farming in the desert in 10 years while Kenya's government officials become fabulously wealthy and the poor people of Kenya die of thirst.




RE: BFD...
By Scaredy Retard on 9/12/2013 12:34:05 PM , Rating: 5
Yeah, being under the bootheel of imperial powers for decades on end, then being left to their own devices as their empires were dismantled following World War II tends to cause all sorts of issues. Imagine that.


RE: BFD...
By gamerk2 on 9/12/2013 12:52:24 PM , Rating: 4
Nevermind the countries were created along colonial, not tribal, lines. Hence all the civil wars throughout Africa.


RE: BFD...
By ClownPuncher on 9/12/2013 1:25:11 PM , Rating: 2
Or, they could just be too unorganized and xenophobic to unite and sweep out the corruption.


RE: BFD...
By BRB29 on 9/13/2013 10:17:53 AM , Rating: 2
The term "blood diamonds" will cease to exist. The new term "blood basin" will take shape.

Leonardo will have another hit movie in the making.


RE: BFD...
By GotThumbs on 9/14/2013 3:06:36 PM , Rating: 3
Ah, the uneducated opinion of youth.

Actually there were tribal wars in Africa long before the UK had a presence there, but you don't care about the truth...only crafting/perpetuating a false truth for your own purpose.

Just a friendly reminder people, NOT everything written on the web is fact. Research for yourself and become better informed and NOT easily manipulated by proud ignorance.

Best wishes keeping what you earned.


RE: BFD...
By Keeir on 9/18/2013 7:57:02 PM , Rating: 2
Ah, the inability to read.

"Civil" war refers to confict within a nation-state/supposed to be "unified" political structure.

Inter-Tribal warfare is significatly different. In a tribal political system, I would not expect two different tribes to be a unified political front.

While I suspect, I have never seen any type of study that proves, Intra-Nation/Civil War conflect are more damaging than Inter-nation/tribe conflict.

Colonialism/Imperialism did not lead to all the ills of Africa


RE: BFD...
By osalcido on 9/12/2013 3:55:06 PM , Rating: 2
Really? China seems to be doing ok


RE: BFD...
By arazok on 9/12/2013 4:10:45 PM , Rating: 1
Yeah, Tibet thinks it’s great.


RE: BFD...
By osalcido on 9/12/2013 4:16:24 PM , Rating: 2
What does Tibet have to do with China prospering in spite of foreign influence?


RE: BFD...
By ClownPuncher on 9/12/2013 5:08:21 PM , Rating: 1
The blood, rape and torture part.


RE: BFD...
By osalcido on 9/12/2013 7:43:47 PM , Rating: 2
That doesn't answer my question.


RE: BFD...
By skeansmith on 9/13/2013 10:10:57 AM , Rating: 2
China may be "prospering" by some set of metrics but many, many people are paying a high price for it. Not to mention the environmental damage. I will give them this they have done away with any illusion of the separation between government and corporations. Something we still have not come to fully realize.


RE: BFD...
By ClownPuncher on 9/13/2013 11:31:06 AM , Rating: 2
Yet it has everything to do with the post you were responding to. Sorry the conversation didn't go your way.


RE: BFD...
By 1prophet on 9/12/2013 6:31:20 PM , Rating: 5
But there comes a point were one has to stop blaming their abusive father from the past every time they beat up their wife and kids and take responsibility for ones own actions.


RE: BFD...
By freedserf on 9/15/2013 2:26:04 AM , Rating: 4
Where can us Americans sign up to be left to our own devices and escape from under the bootheels of OUR imperialist overlords?


and nobody else cares that this is good news?
By purerice on 9/13/2013 4:03:43 AM , Rating: 4
Amazing how some good news is posted about Kenya and all people can do is lump Kenya in with other African nations and bash all of them as though they are inferior, then blame imperialists past. I pity the folk here who naturally desire to make something negative out of this story.

Kenya is home to hundreds of thousands of refugees from other nations and has experienced severe drought. This find of water is incredibly good news that we should be celebrating.




By MadMan007 on 9/14/2013 12:00:16 AM , Rating: 2
You mean, follow the example of Western nation's past?


By kattanna on 9/13/2013 9:27:12 AM , Rating: 1
quote:
I pity the folk here who naturally desire to make something negative out of this story.


while I agree personally, but if you find this "amazing", then my friend, you must be new to the internet


Aaaaaaaaaaand...
By MikeDiction on 9/12/2013 1:23:59 PM , Rating: 5
...it's gone.




What's Next
By cstline on 9/12/2013 2:24:21 PM , Rating: 2
After the 70 year life span of this reserve what will they do then? They will be packing buckets of water from the next county.




RE: What's Next
By troysavary on 9/12/2013 6:47:28 PM , Rating: 3
As they irrigate, and start growing crops, the weather patterns may change bringing more rain. Plus organic matter in the soil will mean what rain they do get will be held instead of running off. Of course, none of this will matter if they just end up killing each other over the water.


stewardship?
By chromal on 9/12/2013 1:32:14 PM , Rating: 2
For their sake, I hope that they find a sustainable way to use it. Would be a pity if they pumped it like it was limitless until it's gone.




RE: stewardship?
By ven1ger on 9/12/2013 7:07:58 PM , Rating: 1
I'd think it was virtually limitless. This isn't oil but water. One of the problems that can be possible is the overuse or taking out more water than the aquifer can replenish itself with but with at least 70 years worth of water there is a long time to come up with good solutions.


By foxalopex on 9/13/2013 1:15:18 PM , Rating: 2
It's great that they found a large resource of water in an extremely dry climate. If used correctly it will save and enhance thousands of lives. Hopefully they use it with conservation in mind because sadly people tend to abuse their resources. Look at how we're using up oil ourselves. Personally I frown a little at using the water to farm. If the farming goes a bit too far out of control, your 70 year water supply could vanish in no time at all and then you're back to square one.




hi
By froj on 9/14/2013 2:44:12 PM , Rating: 1
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hi
By rya14 on 9/13/13, Rating: 0
Lucky
By exeedorbit on 9/12/13, Rating: -1
RE: Lucky
By retrospooty on 9/12/2013 12:14:58 PM , Rating: 3
Like that would happen... In a case like this, its a US friendly govt. Obama wouldn't be propping up a threat, he would be manipulating it politically from the inside to peddle influence and get what he wants out of the situation. As a skilled politician, he manipulates the situation in the manor that benefits him the most.

Also... This. http://imgur.com/gallery/yRMVuPz


RE: Lucky
By Skywalker123 on 9/12/2013 12:25:02 PM , Rating: 5
quote:
As a skilled politician


LOL thanks for the laugh


RE: Lucky
By hughlle on 9/12/2013 2:05:58 PM , Rating: 3
You could look at it from another angle. The man is successfully violating the majority of the constitution, and noone is doing diddly squat about it, so in a certain regard, he is a damned skilled politician, not to be getting his ass tossed out onto the street as it should given his actions.

That aside, i'm just happy for Kenya. Although hopefully common sense prevails in it's use.


RE: Lucky
By retrospooty on 9/12/2013 3:27:53 PM , Rating: 5
"The man is successfully violating the majority of the constitution, and noone is doing diddly squat about i:"

Exactly... You could also say a man with very little experience or concrete plans ran for an won the election. That takes a skilled politician.

I think what skywalker is missing is that to me, "skilled politician" is not a good thing.


RE: Lucky
By Skywalker123 on 9/12/13, Rating: 0
RE: Lucky
By retrospooty on 9/12/2013 5:14:25 PM , Rating: 2
Obviously neither of us likes the job he is doing. My only point is that to have pulled the wool over 100's of millions of people eyes and get away with it the way he has takes a skilled politician.


RE: Lucky
By 1prophet on 9/12/2013 6:24:10 PM , Rating: 2
He is not that skilled, the current republican opponents just makes him look that way.


RE: Lucky
By retrospooty on 9/12/2013 8:54:01 PM , Rating: 3
Sure, but they are the types that think hurricanes are caused by gay marriage and immigrants... next to that braintrust anyone looks smart.

There you have it, our country is run by idiots and manipulative liars... And the hooooooome of the braaaaaaave.


RE: Lucky
By half_duplex on 9/16/2013 11:51:39 AM , Rating: 3
Well, the blame goes to the uneducated, who are becoming the majority.

The problem is, they are too dumb to even realize what they are allowing to happen.


RE: Lucky
By JediJeb on 9/13/2013 5:47:54 PM , Rating: 3
Government: How we make our laws.

Politics: How we get around our laws.

Yea, he is a great politician by those definitions. :)


RE: Lucky
By jimbojimbo on 9/12/2013 9:28:55 PM , Rating: 2
Well he did lie his way up to the presidency. It wasn't hard though since a huge portion of the population still believes everything he says 100%.


RE: Lucky
By troysavary on 9/12/13, Rating: 0
RE: Lucky
By theplaidfad on 9/12/2013 12:33:16 PM , Rating: 4
The NSA just down-voted your comment. You'd better run and hide now, as the down-vote is only the beginning.


RE: Lucky
By mars2k on 9/12/2013 12:59:23 PM , Rating: 1
Yes and the illiterate nincompoop that wrote that comment is an illiterate nincompoop, a threat to nobody. Get some education you nit then do some harm.


RE: Lucky
By troysavary on 9/12/2013 1:09:56 PM , Rating: 2
Obamabots are so easy to anger.


RE: Lucky
By ClownPuncher on 9/12/2013 1:28:01 PM , Rating: 2
You're ebarrassing yourself.


RE: Lucky
By troysavary on 9/12/2013 1:29:38 PM , Rating: 1
Anyone who still thinks Obama is doing a good job is an embarrassment.


RE: Lucky
By ClownPuncher on 9/12/2013 1:41:59 PM , Rating: 2
I agree, but that doesn't mean you are doing a good job with your posts.


RE: Lucky
By troysavary on 9/12/2013 1:46:20 PM , Rating: 3
So you deny that I got mars2k frothing at the mouth in indignation? Or that Obama's policies are a threat to the USA? Or that he is Kenyan?

Which part of my posts are you specifically objecting to?


RE: Lucky
By ClownPuncher on 9/12/2013 2:00:19 PM , Rating: 2
The Kenyan part.


RE: Lucky
By FITCamaro on 9/12/2013 2:04:07 PM , Rating: 2
I don't know the truth of where he's really from. But the Kenyans sure think he was born there. Doesn't preclude him from being a citizen necessarily though.

Either way he's not a leader.


RE: Lucky
By Flunk on 9/12/2013 2:22:47 PM , Rating: 2
This line of reasoning is just beating a dead horse at this point, all evidence points to the guy being Hawaiian.

On a related note, the requirement that the president be born in the USA is a relic of the war of 1812 to ensure that the British didn't manage to install a British-born puppet. A lot of people would argue that it's largely irrelevant now.


RE: Lucky
By Skywalker123 on 9/12/2013 4:00:53 PM , Rating: 3
correct, he's a puppet, just not British born


RE: Lucky
By troysavary on 9/12/2013 4:20:34 PM , Rating: 1
Explain why he gave the social security number of a dead guy as his. Or why he was listed as a foreign student when at Columbia. What about his refusal to provide a birth certificate. All he showed was a copy of a PDF. What about the birth certificate bearing his name from Kenya? What about his grandmother claiming he is Kenyan born?


RE: Lucky
By ClownPuncher on 9/12/2013 5:04:04 PM , Rating: 3
What about the lizard people who live just beneath the Earth's crust that manipulate us and force the Jews to make leftist movies in Hollywood so we will be unprepared when they take the planet by force.


RE: Lucky
By troysavary on 9/12/2013 6:44:29 PM , Rating: 2
Now who embarrassing himself? When you cannot answer any of the questions, you start making wild accusations? If he had an American SS, he wouldn't have had to give a fake. These questions should have been answered before the first election, but people like you played the race card every time it was asked.


RE: Lucky
By ClownPuncher on 9/12/2013 7:18:07 PM , Rating: 2
Yea, I played the race card all the way to the polls where I voted for Gary Johnson.

I'm sorry, birthers are ridiculous.


RE: Lucky
By Dorkyman on 9/12/2013 10:05:02 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, Birthers are ridiculous...until one day when the guy who carefully crafted the birth certificate finally comes out. Just too many very odd facts surrounding Barry. I'm also a bit surprised that he's been able to keep his educational records secret for this long.


RE: Lucky
By Spuke on 9/13/2013 12:40:25 AM , Rating: 2
Dorkyman seems fitting.


RE: Lucky
By Skywalker123 on 9/13/2013 3:35:53 AM , Rating: 1
Don't know about the lizard people but no one is forcing the Jews to make leftist movies, they do it because they want, they already are in control of most of the world.


RE: Lucky
By ClownPuncher on 9/13/2013 11:27:36 AM , Rating: 2
I know, because Judaism is such a wacky leftist religion /sarcasm


RE: Lucky
By Skywalker123 on 9/13/2013 5:54:19 PM , Rating: 2
ALL religions are wacky. Most of the powerful jews are secular.


RE: Lucky
By ven1ger on 9/12/2013 10:21:40 PM , Rating: 2
http://www.obamaconspiracy.org/bookmarks/fact-chec...

I actually had to Google your claims because I didn't know about some of the birther loopiness to bother following all the crazy stuff that the birthers put out. The website lists a LOT of way out claims made by the birthers and has debunked each one.


RE: Lucky
By troysavary on 9/13/2013 1:12:40 PM , Rating: 2
See, ven1ger is doing it right. Very interesting read. Personally, I am not a birther. I has seen the arguments and counterarguments and my answer to where Barrack was born is "I don't know". I have not seen either side give conclusive proof, although the site ven1ger linked was well researched and might convince me if I actually cared where he was born.

My first post was tongue in cheek, since the article was about Kenya, and the poster above my comment had mentioned Obama, so it fit. Since I got such a vehement reaction, I kept it going.

To Clownpuncher, I apologize for lumping you in with Obama's typical defenders. Voting for Johnson shows you are not a lefty :P


RE: Lucky
By piroroadkill on 9/13/2013 9:15:43 AM , Rating: 1
Wait a minute, why does it even matter? Who cares if it only a US-born can be president, it doesn't actually matter. Their nationality doesn't tell you whether they're a good president or not.

Who gives a shit if he came from ongo-bongo land? It doesn't matter 1%.

What matters is that he's a bad president, and he lied to everyone, and kept the status quo from the Bush era going. That's what matters. Not the geographical location where his mother squirted him from her cunt.


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