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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...

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 "Iraqis continued research, but because their work is unpublished, we are unsure of where they surveyed."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...

2008-08-03 00:00:13

By The Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) - Just months after Americans repaired a sewage treatment plant in southern Baghdad, insurgents attacked the facility and killed the manager. Looters took care of the rest.Nearly three years later, the plant remains an abandoned shell. Raw sewage is still flowing freely through giant pipes into the Tigris River, ending up in some of the capital's drinking water. And those pipes are hardly the only source of contamination.Many residents only have to sniff...

2008-08-02 09:00:02

By SELCAN HACAOGLU Just months after Americans repaired a sewage treatment plant in southern Baghdad, insurgents attacked the facility and killed the manager. Looters took care of the rest. Nearly three years later, the plant remains an abandoned shell. Raw sewage is flowing freely through giant pipes into the Tigris River, ending up in some of the capital's drinking water. And those pipes are hardly the only source of contamination. Many residents only have to sniff the tap water to...

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...


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  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
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  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
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