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NASA Satellites Show Middle East Water Loss
2013-02-12 19:10:45

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Scientists are reporting in the journal Water Resources Research the Middle East river basin is losing large quantities of water. The researchers used a pair of gravity-measuring NASA satellites to find that during a seven-year period, parts of Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran along the Tigris and Euphrates river basin have lost 117 million acre feet of freshwater, which is about the equivalent to the Dead Sea. Using NASA's twin...

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2011-04-04 10:16:06

Researchers conduct first U.S.-led archeological survey inside Iraq in 20 years Three National Science Foundation-supported researchers recently undertook the first non-Iraqi archaeological investigation of the Tigris-Euphrates delta in nearly 20 years. Archeologists Jennifer Pournelle and Carrie Hritz, with geologist Jennifer Smith, carried out the study late last year to look for links between wetland resources and the emergence of Mesopotamian cities. "Mesopotamia"--Greek for "the land...

2011-03-31 15:00:29

The first non-Iraqi archaeological investigation of the Tigris-Euphrates delta in 20 years was a preliminary foray by three women who began to explore the links between wetland resources and the emergence and growth of cities last year. "Foreign investigations in Iraq stopped in the 1990s," said Carrie Hritz, assistant professor of anthropology, Penn State. "Iraqis continued research, but because their work is unpublished, we are unsure of where they surveyed." The marshlands in Iraq and Iran...

2008-08-03 09:00:11

Text of report by Iraqi privately-owned newspaper Al-Zaman on 25 June [Article by Ali Diya-al-Din: "Water: Ringing Alarm Bells; When Do We Work Seriously?"] Is the word "Mesopotamia" soon to be void of any substance? Is the phrase "the land of the two rivers" turning into something of the past and losing all relevance to our present? This is what many fear, not out of clairvoyance or pessimistic melodrama, but out of their awareness of the dangerous developments that they have seen unfold...

2008-07-09 09:00:31

Text of report by Iraqi Media Network weekly newspaper Al-Sabah on 3 July [Report by Mustafa Majid in Baghdad: "An Iraqi Expert Says the Tigris River Waters Will Not Meet 50 Per cent of Mosul's Need for Water After the Construction of the Turkish Ilisu Dam in 2011."] An expert at the Water Resources Ministry has stated that Iraq's share in the Tigris River after the construction of the [Turkish] Ilisu Dam within the next three years will drop to 211 cubic meters per second in summer...

2008-06-29 09:00:57

Text of report by Iraqi Media Network weekly newspaper Al-Sabah on 14 June [Report by Husayn Thaghab in Baghdad: "The Drop in Water Levels Worries Farmers, Fish-Breeders"] It [water scarcity] is a fact that has a negative impact on the reality of agriculture and life in Iraq. It has started to complicate the problems of the Iraqi economy and to increase the imbalance, which it suffers from, in all activities that support the economy. Agriculture, which is considered to be one of the...

2006-01-17 08:40:39

By Aseel Kami BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq demanded on Tuesday the release of coastguards it said were seized by Iran during a clash involving suspected oil smugglers on their tidal frontier, but Iran's Baghdad embassy denied all knowledge of the incident. The affair, in which Iraqi officers said one of their men was badly wounded, is a test for the new warmth in relations between Baghdad and Tehran since pro-Iranian Shi'ites took control in Iraq following the U.S. ousting of Saddam...

2005-08-09 18:50:00

While much of the world has focused on the war in Iraq, a group of wetland ecologists has been busy collecting data on the Mesopotamian marshes of southern Iraq. Formerly the largest wetland in Southwest Asia, the marshes are home to the native Ma'dan marsh dwellers, as well as numerous species of migrating waterfowl and game fish. Drainage of the wetlands as well as toxic contamination over the last twenty years devastated much of the marshlands. A mere 10 percent remain as viable wetlands....

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2005-02-21 06:46:50

WASHINGTON (AFP) -- Nearly one fifth of the Mesopotamian marshes of southern Iraq, almost completely drained by Saddam Hussein, are once again flooded with water, according to experts working on an international effort to restore the wetlands. Considered the cradle of western civilization -- the location of the Garden of Eden, according to scholars of the Bible -- the marshes, fed by the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, are key to the economy, politics and ecosystem of the region. "The future...


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baudekin
  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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