In January of this year, a volcano erupted in Tonga in the Pacific Ocean with a force as powerful as the eruption of Krakatoa in 1886. It also set the altitude record for producing a plume of smoke that reached 35 miles (58 kilometers) into the stratosphere. However, that plume of “smoke” was comprised mostly of water. Since the initial eruption was beneath the ocean, some of the ejection was seawater, but the majority was deep seated water coming up from the mantle of the earth.
Within months, Australia began experiencing historic floods in the eastern half of the country, which has continued throughout the year. What’s the connection between the Tonga volcano and Deep Seated Water? The sheer amount of water that was shot into the stratosphere changed the weather pattern in Australia, which was already experiencing a La Nina weather cycle. The eruption increased water vapor in the western Pacific by 20% which cooled nearby Antarctica by 1-3o Celsius. This caused a chain of events that resulted in massive rains and flooding.
This event is further proof of the incredible volume of water that exists beneath our feet. Fresh water is created in the mantle of the Earth and much of it finds its way toward the surface. Events like volcanic eruptions are direct evidence of this fact, which by study have shown that 90-97% of the gases from an eruption are water vapor. Link Origins of Earth’s Water
In a remarkable video from OzGeographics, an Australian YouTube channel that makes scientific and educational videos, the connection is explained, although we must admit it does get a bit technical. Link How Tonga’s Volcanic Eruption Created The Worst Floods In Australia’s History – YouTube.
More About Deep Seated Water
Deep Seated Water (DSW), is groundwater, typically sourced from deep aquifers that are located lower than shallow aquifers. Such deep aquifers are supplied not only from local catchment basins but also by subsurface inflows across basin boundaries. Deep Seated Water also encompasses water created at the mantle level of the Earth under extreme heat and pressure as confirmed by this recent report on mantle rain. Contamination does not occur in these deep water aquifers as modern pollution has not reached these deeper levels. And the best news is that this water is accessible and plentiful.
21st Century Technology Locates Vast Ocean of Fresh Water
The Tonga volcano event is further proof that a vast ocean of fresh water exists below our feet. It can be tapped economically and quickly. It has been overlooked by hydrogeologists and other experts due to assumptions made decades ago. However, with 21st century technology this vast ocean of water can be located and brought to the surface within weeks. The US National Groundwater Association estimates there is 6,000 years of freshwater supply in the upper two kilometers of the earth’s crust Nature Geoscience article. AquaterreX has developed the ability to locate and economically bring to the surface these previously untapped water resources.
An example of huge new sources of fresh groundwater being discovered came just a few months ago in Texas. The newly named Maverick Basin Aquifer is known to be at least 3,000 square miles and averages 1,000 feet thick in most places. This comes years after Texas water experts concluded their deeper aquifers are brackish (salty) at best. Water tests on this new aquifer show it comes out of the ground already meeting or exceeding federal and state drinking water standards! Deep aquifer (texas.gov) These discoveries fly in the face of the commonly accepted beliefs of most hydrogeology professionals.
AquaterreX has been at the forefront of this effort, employing 21st century technology to locate Deep Seated Water.
The Missing Piece That Can Solve the Water Crisis Puzzle
Deep Seated Water is the Missing Piece that can solve the water crisis puzzle – contamination, drought, scarcity. Many water strategies focus on conservation, rather than additional supply. Other solutions such as desalination and wastewater treatment are potential answers for some, but they also come with trade-offs such as high cost, high energy usage, long planning periods and toxic waste. Deep Seated Water is located almost everywhere on the planet, as was witnessed by the recent Tonga volcano, and it can be added to the mix of solutions as a supplemental freshwater source that is not subject to contamination, is fast and easy to implement and is economical and scalable. And, tapping Deep Seated Water allows both surface water and shallow aquifer sources to recharge, making the total system more environmentally sustainable.
We Can Solve The Water Problem
There is no question that we are facing freshwater challenges around the world. It is time to consider all of the alternatives and solutions at our disposal. Science and technology are advancing to the point where we can make a difference quickly, if we just resolve to do it.
AquaterreX (www.aquaterrex.com) is a global environmental services organization with a mission to broadly implement effective water and food security solutions. AquaterreX maintains offices in Florida, California and Australia, and has representation in the United Arab Emirates.
The name AquaterreX comes from the Latin, aqua (water) and French, terre (earth, land) which is a derivative of the Latin, terra, and “X” for exploration. Thus, AquaterreX encompasses water and land solutions for the planet.
The company possesses proprietary technology to locate Deep Seated Water, which is fresh water situated below the shallow groundwater that supplies the majority of fresh water on the planet. This vast new source of water can help solve the water crisis facing billions of people.