WASHINGTON – US satellites have detected a large loss of fresh water reserves in the Tigris and Euphrates river basins during a seven-year period beginning in 2003, a new study has found.
The river basins, which water parts of Iraq, Iran, Turkey and Syria, have lost almost as much water as is in the Dead Sea, the study found.
“That’s enough water to meet the needs of tens of millions to more than a hundred million people in the region each year, depending on regional water use standards and availability,” said Jay Famiglietti, the lead investigator.
The study, which is to be published Friday in the journal Water Resources Research, was conducted by scientists at the University of California at Irvine, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and the National Center for Atmospheric Research.
It relies on data gathered over a seven year period by NASA’s GRACE satellites, which track global changes in water reserves.
Because changes in water reserves affect the Earth’s mass within a given region, the satellites measure gravity locally to tease out those changes.
“GRACE data show an alarming rate of decrease in total water storage in the Tigris and Euphrates river basins, which currently have the second fastest rate of groundwater storage loss on Earth, after India,” said Famiglietti, a hydrologist at UC Irvine.
Part of the loss was attributed to a 2007 drought that dried out soil and shrank snowpacks, and another part to the loss of surface water from lakes.
But most of it — about 60 percent — was traced to the pumping of groundwater, which typically increases during and after a drought.
Famiglietti noted, as an example, that Iraq drilled about 1,000 wells in response to the 2007 drought.
Source: Middle East Online
It should come as no surprise to Bible Believing Christians that a huge amount of prophecies are coming true and/or on the verge of coming true right before our eyes. God’s Word is Eternal, and has nor will ever change.
Our Lord Jesus Christ warned us several times, and Our King is Just and True.
Our King is near!
Revelation 16:12.. And the sixth angel poured out his vial on the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.
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