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Monday, May 16, 2005

No Apologies

The Farmer at Corrente did some serious digging to show how the Newsweek story got politicized beyond belief. Impressive research!

On a completely unrelated note, the inscrutable DarkSyde pointed me to this link on Peak Farming. Although OhioLen misunderstands the definition of "Peak ___", he does remind us of the aquifer problems in the west.
A commenter wrote:
Many of these aquifers are comprised of deep, ancient water. They just won't recharge after a few rainy years. We have to start conserving fresh water now!


Professor Blogger Heading out said...

There is some data that does show that they recharge faster than predicted. There was a major drought in the north of England for several years, but when the rains came the aquifers charged fairly rapidly.

However the Oglalla and other Western acquifers have been depleted so badly, and lots of rain is not forecast, so this could be a major problem ere long.

9:58 PM  
Professor Blogger WHT said...

Yes, I was thinking about the Oglalla in particular and the Nebraska farmers who couldn't cultivate without that amazing source of irrigation water.

And unlike England, the Great Plains isn't exactly a damp climate.

10:57 PM  

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