A fresh water under ocean find is one valuable discovery that has not only scientists, but the whole world rejoicing this week in this massive unearthing. A highly coveted and tremendous amount of aquifers bearing fresh water were recently revealed to be sitting quietly under the sea sand, as explained in the new study published within the “Nature” journal this month, Inhabitat shares this Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013.
Initial scientific research in discovering fresh water under the ocean was only hopeful conjecture, but earlier this year, the confirmed existence of almost a massive 120,000 cub miles of fresh, low-salinity water was found in China, Australia, South Africa, and North America. To put this immense amount of water into perspective, it’s a total volume a full 100 times more than the fresh water humanity has used since the start of the 1900s.
With over half of the world likely in need of fresh water by 2030, fresh water under the ocean is a valuable gift that holds greater importance to many than even fossil fuels or other natural resources. With greater efforts even in recent years to prepare new desalination plants, the finding of these massive aquifers and fresh water can help prepare humankind for such an endeavor as giving everyone clean water to drink in the future.
All of this water was seemingly trapped beneath the ocean sand thousands upon thousands of years ago when oceans weren’t as deep as they were now, shares the journal. Retrieving the “fresh water under ocean” valuables will be no easy task, though, as environmental concerns and salt intrusion stand as potential roadblocks. Access to these giant aquifers may thus turn out to be trickier than expected.
Nonetheless, this massive discovery of low-salinity water under sea and sand is a great and important find for people everywhere, and will likely play a major role in all of our lives in the not-too-distant future.