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The great deserts of the world account for millions of square kilometres of essentially useless real estate. Millions of square kilometres of sand that grows larger every year.
So I find myself wondering, on occasion, what would be the effect of creating a huge pipeline from one of the coastal areas, and pumping billions of litres of water into the center of the desert? I don't know anything about the topography of the Sahara. I'm not sure what effect, other than an instant beach, billions of litres of seawater would have on all that sand. Would it create a huge saltwater lake, an inland sea or a saltwater river? Would it all get soaked up in the sand and reduce the dust or sandstorms?
I'm sure the cost would be huge. It would be quite an undertaking, but would the cost even compare the the monies we invest in the extraction and processing and transportation of crude oil? Surely there would be a huge environmental impact, would it be a benefit to the world?
Something to think about.