|The Dead Sea is dropping by about three feet a year.
||[Sep. 14th, 2009|07:12 am]
The Dissi is an ancient, nonrenewable, underground pool of water that, once tapped, will run dry in an estimated 50 years.
I can imagine there's going to be a lot of unique species (possibly containing the cure for cancer and world peace) that are going to get sucked out and mashed up for catfood... =(
Also - a bigger problem. What the hell are we going to call the Dead Sea when it's dried out? The Deader Sea? The Dry Saltlake? hmmm...
They need a witty name for the tourists.
I have a plan though - set up a rental shop that rents out bottomless paddling pools, and a few gallons of water. Put your paddling pool anywhere on the dried out desert, and pour in the water - voila! You're own little piece of the dead sea for the day.
I'm guessing this is the start of the big world squabble over water. It's going to get a hell of a lot worse before it gets better. I imagine whole nations will need to relocate as (waterless + no rainy season) desserts sprout up in what were only dry places. That's going to be one hell of a big deal. =( Imagine you're a neighbouring state who's lucky enough to have regular rainfall, and 2 million thirsty people turn up at your borders... blimey.
You'll panic that once they're in your state, they'll use more than the water you have, so you'll fight them so you don't die. They're certainly going to fight you because if they don't then they'll die of dehydration.
It's going to be an unavoidable bloody massacre, a horrible horrible worldwide fight, and we'll get groups like Blackwater crawling all over the place making a profit from the suffering. =(
What about food producing nations? They're going to sit on their food when it starts getting scarce - it's going to push up prices of rice and wheat the world over.
Blimey - if the water doesn't get us - go forward 12 months, and the food problems it causes will. You can't move agricultural areas thousands of miles on the back of trucks. They're going to fail, and no one will have any money (world-wide recession) to start building on new land.
The more I think of the implications, the scarier all this gets. Also, we live in a chaotic system, so places turning deathly arid can happen in one season, catching out even those that think they're prepared for a steady change.
Buy rice stocks, move out of the dessert areas if you can, and be prepared to travel at a moments notice. Collapsing micro-economies will be the default not too soon.