Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Water for Darfur, Part 2

PostedApril 20, 2008

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Randy Atkins:  Major climate changes apparently dried the huge ancient lake in Darfur.  But Farouk El-Baz, of Boston University, says the water likely seeped into the ground below, and engineering can bring it back.  He discovered a similar lake structure beneath arid Egyptian land two decades ago.

Farouk El-Baz:  We have now like 500 wells in it, and there is 150,000 acres of land that is good enough for agriculture, and they are profitably producing wheat, chick peas, beans, and all kinds of things.

Randy Atkins:  He's hoping for a thousand wells in Darfur.

Farouk El-Baz:  Since science and technology has uncovered this potential, we should follow it through and if it is going to resolve a humanitarian crisis let's do it.

Randy Atkins:  With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, 103.5 FM, WTOP Radio.