Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Water for Darfur

PostedApril 13, 2008

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Randy Atkins:  Help for the water-deprived people of Darfur may come from an ancient sand-covered lake and modern technology.  Farouk El-Baz, of Boston University, says radar images from space show the lake's outline and depths, revealing…

Farouk El-Baz:  …how big it was, how much water was there, how long it stayed…

Randy Atkins:  It was as big as Lake Erie, and El-Baz is confident its water seeped through the ground below.  

Farouk El-Baz:  You know where the lowest part is and you drill in the middle and you don't miss.

Randy Atkins:  El-Baz says wells could meet drinking needs and create fertile farmland.  Logistical, technical, and monetary issues remain, but he quotes the governor of Darfur as saying…

Farouk El-Baz:  You know what is important this whole story?  Only hope!  Do you know what the meaning of hope?  I have seen people in Darfur smile.  And that is enough for me.

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