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Vast undersea freshwater reserves found

Posted on Tuesday, 10 December, 2013 | Comment icon 14 comments

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An international team of scientists has discovered huge quantities of fresh water underneath the ocean.

The researchers estimate that there could be up to 500,000 cubic kilometers of water locked beneath the sea on continental shelves all around the world. The find could prove extremely significant in the years to come as water shortages become an ever-increasing problem.

"The volume of this water resource is a hundred times greater than the amount we've extracted from the Earth's sub-surface in the past century since 1900," said study lead author Vincent Post.

In the near future it may be possible to extract the water using platforms similar to those currently used to drill for undersea oil reserves.

"Freshwater on our planet is increasingly under stress and strain so the discovery of significant new stores off the coast is very exciting," said Post. "It means that more options can be considered to help reduce the impact of droughts and continental water shortages."

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Comment icon #5 Posted by keithisco on 10 December, 2013, 13:52
Where I live (Alicante, Spain) we are already supplied by de-salination plants at a cost that is much lower than the costs for groundwater supply in the UK. Desalination works, and with the economies of scale means that in the future there will be no supply shortage of drinking water
Comment icon #6 Posted by pallidin on 10 December, 2013, 22:14
"The volume of this water resource is a hundred times greater than the amount we've extracted from the Earth's sub-surface in the past century since 1900," said study lead author Vincent Post. Very interesting indeed.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Azznerak the Black on 10 December, 2013, 22:16
Something else for Halliburton to view as his...
Comment icon #8 Posted by Dark_Grey on 10 December, 2013, 22:19
This is very exciting...the freshwater shortage dilemma has been weighing on my mind as of late.
Comment icon #9 Posted by moonshadow60 on 10 December, 2013, 23:36
I hope it isn't scarfed up as the oil supply has and overpriced so that the normal human being can't afford it, let alone the poor. That is what I see happening; having water held hostage by the elite and meted out instead of money for services rendered.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Sundew on 11 December, 2013, 0:31
At least a fresh water spill will do less lasting harm to sea life than an oil spill, should history repeat itself.
Comment icon #11 Posted by skookum on 11 December, 2013, 9:05
Agreed but certain groups of people need to claim future shortages of this, that and the other will bring about the human demise. Water shortages on a planet which surface is two thirds covered in water and many parts several miles deep. Without de-salination maybe fresh water could be a future issue but it is already used very successfully in various places around the globe.
Comment icon #12 Posted by shaddow134 on 12 December, 2013, 4:24
To be honest,future projects drilling for this buried resource has exploitation written all over it.Future populations forced to pay extremely over inflated prices for a resource essential to our survival.
Comment icon #13 Posted by skookum on 13 December, 2013, 9:51
We already do in the UK. A country that has reputation for raining constantly always seems to have a water shortage. My water rates are now equivalent to my energy bills a year. As it is not based on usage there is nothing you can do rather than put up and shut up.
Comment icon #14 Posted by regeneratia on 18 December, 2013, 0:52
This link is good too:

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