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jakeXT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-11 05:39 AM
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I'm reading Elliot Roosevelt: As He Saw It
And I'm surprised about the care for the living standards in Africa

He reminded us of the rivers that spring up in the Atlas Mountains, to the south, and disappear under the Sahara, to become subterranean rivers. Divert this water flow for irrigation purposes? Itd make the Imperial Valley in California look like a cabbage patch! And the salt flats: they were below the level of the Mediterranean; you could dig a canal straight back to re-create that lakeone hundred and fifty miles long, sixty miles wide. The Sahara would bloom for hundreds of miles! It is true. The Sahara is not just sand, it has an amazingly rich potential. Every time there is a rain, there is a consequent riot of flowers for a few days, before the dryness and the sun kill them off. Franklin and I winked at each other: Father was having the time of his life, his active mind and quick imagination working overtime as we all speculated on what intelligent planning could do for this land.

Wealth! he cried. Imperialists dont realize what they can do, what they can create! Theyve robbed this continent of billions, and all because they were too short-sighted to understand that their billions were pennies, compared to the possibilities! Possibilities that must include a better life for the people who inhabit this land


Years later a comparable project in Libya is in the works

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LuvNewcastle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-11 06:10 AM
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1. Wow, I had no idea!
I hope they're successful in getting the water they need, and I hope that happens soon.
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Historic NY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-11 08:51 AM
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2. From Roman times to the present the quest for life's blood water...
many major construction programs in this country gravitated around water.
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hty7645 Donating Member (15 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-25-11 07:03 PM
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3. interesting
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