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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...

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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