Big Dam to Water Sahara (Jul, 1933)

Ambitious seems to be a bit of an understatement.

Big Dam to Water Sahara
Turning the Sahara Desert into blossoming farm land, with water drained from the Mediterranean Sea, is the ambitious project for which, Hermann Sorgel, German engineer, seeks international support. He proposes to dam the Strait of Gibraltar, and then cut a canal to flood portions of the Sahara below sea level. Evaporation from the inland lake thus formed would produce rain clouds and water a vast area, he maintains. By-products of the scheme would be hydroelectric power and new land reclaimed from the Mediterranean.

7 comments
  1. Firebrand38 says: July 1, 20071:42 pm

    Although ambitious I was surprised that the idea is being looked at again http://geology.about.co…

  2. Stannous says: July 1, 20078:51 pm

    Except for that annoying Continental Drift that has Africa moving north into Europe it’s a great idea!

  3. Blurgle says: July 1, 200710:41 pm

    And the numerous earthquakes in the area, and the political tensions between the UK and Spain, and the fact that the strait is almost 3000 feet deep in places.

  4. Blurgle says: July 1, 200710:45 pm

    Also, interestingly, the flow through the Strait is eastward towards the Mediterranean, since the sea loses more through evaporation than it receives from rivers. So a dam would actually cause the level of the Mediterranean to drop and would make it more difficult to flood North Africa.

  5. [...] Así sería la gran presa del Estrecho de Gibraltar según Sorgel. Original Modern Mechanix [...]

  6. [...] Ägäis vereinigt bleiben. So wäre die große Beute des Gibraltars im Maße wie Sorgel. Original Modern Mechanix Die Gefange, die diesen natürlichen Wasserfluss nutzen würde, würde etwa 50.000 Megawatt der [...]

  7. [...] of the Aegean Sea. Like that would be the big prey of the Strait of Gibraltar as Sorgel. Original Modern Mechanix The detainee, who would make use of this natural water flow, would produce approximately 50.000 [...]

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