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Water is Life

Geography and History of the World. Southwest Asia, North Africa and Central Asia Unit.
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Emberli Stewart

on 17 October 2011

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Transcript of Water is Life

Water is Life How do people interact with their environment? In this region Water is one of the most invaluable resources. Water comes from rivers, oases and aquifers. There are only 6 major rivers in the entire region! The Nile, Tirgris, Euphrates, Jordan, Amu Dar'ya and Syr Dar'ya. Ways people have solved their lack of water resources. Desalination
The Great Man-Made River
The Aswan High Dam
Using smaller rivers- this is not so effective...
Human impact
on the Environment The Aswan High Dam
War
Three troubled Seas...
Nuclear Danger Completed in 1970
600 miles north of Cairo
Controls floods and irrigation for 3 million acres of land.
No more floods which has had a ton of negative impacts in Egypt. During the Persian Gulf War (1990-91) retreating Iraqi soldiers set fire to 700 oil wells. They also dumped about 250 million gallons of oil into the Persian Gulf which killed thousands of fish and other marine animals when the oil spread 350 miles down the Persian Gulf coastline.
The Caspian Sea, Aral Sea, and the Dead Sea face quite a few challenges.
The Caspian Sea is really polluted
The Aral Sea has had water diverted to irrigation which has destroyed fishing industries, is polluted and the water level has gone way down.
The Dead Sea has dropped more than 262 feet in 40 years which has made it more salty. The Soviet Union used to be in control of Central Asia and tested nearly 500 nuclear bombs in the area. Usually the people in the region were not warned until it was too late.
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