A couple of months ago, I wrote about a study conducted by a team of researchers that said they have found evidence of 100 times more water under Africa than on its surface.
Now another team of researchers say that they have found enough water under Namibia to supply the northern region of the country for at least 400 years.
Namibia is located along the western coast of Africa, lying on the northern border of South Africa. Just smaller than Venezuela in size, Namibia is probably best known for its deserts. The southern region of the country is home to the famous Kalahari Desert, which also crosses into South Africa and Botswana. Even though the country has an extensive coastline along the Atlantic Ocean, its coast is one of the driest places on earth. This coastal area is known as the Namib Desert and has been known to go without rain for several years.
Much of the rest of country is fairly arid most of the year and nearly flooded part of the year. In the Bushveld region of northeaster Namibia, the rainy season can be so intense that it forms a shallow lake covering up to 2,300 square miles of what is normally salty desert.
In the northern arid region of the country, over 800,000 people receive almost all of their drinking water from a canal that originates in Angola to the north. At times, there is barely enough water to sustain such a large population.
However, researchers from several European nations have been working with the Namibian government to find an alternative water source for the people and their research looks like it paid off. Deep under the hot desert surface, they have located an aquifer that spans the Namibian – Angolan border. On the Namibian side, the underground water source is said to cover an area roughly 25 miles by 43 miles.
The water is deep enough that it is under significant pressure. This means that once wells are drilled into it, the natural pressure will make it relatively easy to pump to the surface. Dubbed Ohangwena II, this find will not only provide much needed drinking water to hundreds of thousands of people, but it will also provide water for crops to help feed them.
What I found to be interesting is that the researchers believe the water supply to be about 10,000 years old and is free of most pollutants making it cleaner than the water they get from the Angolan canal.
I personally question their date of 10,000 years and would probably place it no older than 6,000 years old and possibly closer to 4,360 years old. During the Genesis Flood, the fountains of the deep burst forth. This indicates there was a tremendous amount of water below the surface of the earth. We don’t know if all of that subsurface water was drawn up at the time of the Flood or not, so it is possible that the water beneath Namibia could have been there from the beginning of Creation. It’s also possible that it was part of the Flood waters returning to vast caverns under the surface. If this is the case, then that water is only about 4,360 years old.
If I were in Namibia, I would use this newly found water supply to talk about Genesis, Creation, the Fall and the Flood. I would then point to Jesus as being the living water and how important it is to accept him as Lord and Savior. What a great opportunity for creation evangelism!
McGrath, Matt. Vast aquifer found in Namibia could last for centuries, BBC News, July 20, 2012.
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