Satellite tools identify vast aquifers beneath drought-stricken Kenya

By on September 24, 2013
Earth and Atmosphere News

Scientists have located vast aquifers beneath the drought-stricken northern region of Kenya, Reuters reported.

With the aid of satellite imagery normally utilized by oil-seekers, UNESCO and the Kenya government uncovered five aquifers, with an estimated total volume of 250 billion cubic meters. The water could irrigate crops and hopefully discourage continuing tribal conflict. Studies indicate that far more groundwater remains undiscovered beneath Kenya’s surface, but further investment from the government is necessary to access it.

The quality of the water has not been determined, though one Kenyan official says the aquifers may serve to provide drinking water in addition to irrigation, if managed properly.

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