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    Re: Lake Mead is shrinking -- and with it Las Vegas' water supply

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    Sounds great! What about the smoke?
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    Re: Lake Mead is shrinking -- and with it Las Vegas' water supply

    Quote Originally Posted by NIMBY View Post
    We will find a chemical or nuclear way to change it to something useful.
    Some of the stuff on H2 and Military Channel late is amazing.
    We need another Einstein.
    We need to reverse engineer his equations in practicality, though who knows what gov't has going.
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    I love all the theories on "3's".
    They had Tesla's on last night and this Indian mathematician, called the smartest person alive .
    Which is why I am not all that worried about the drought. I figure humankind has survived worse as well as the last ice age and pretty much anything else Mother Nature can throw at us. So a drought certainly isn't beyond our capability to figure out. Or, if it just isn't feasible to stay here, everybody packs up and goes somewhere else as civilizations have been doing here and there on the Earth for all the history of mankind.

    The only thing is, I really like our laid back casual lifestyle out here on the high desert. Will we fit in with the folks in Illinois or Ohio?
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    Re: Lake Mead is shrinking -- and with it Las Vegas' water supply

    Quote Originally Posted by NIMBY View Post
    We will find a chemical or nuclear way to change it to something useful.
    Some of the stuff on H2 and Military Channel late is amazing.
    We need another Einstein.
    We need to reverse engineer his equations in practicality, though who knows what gov't has going.
    Dump it on the moon--Newt will be proven right--a "tethered" pipe to the Moon.
    I love all the theories on "3's".
    They had Tesla's on last night and this Indian mathematician, called the smartest person alive .
    There'll be a toxic by-product that the tree huggers will get pissed off about...lol!!!
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    Re: Lake Mead is shrinking -- and with it Las Vegas' water supply

    I blame air conditioning.
    I wouldn't camp overnight where there wasn't fresh water but since air conditioning was perfected hundreds of thousands of Americans have settled in the 'sun belt', largely affluent types who are used to the government providing them with the means to maintain their lifestyle- golf courses, swimming pools, manicured lawns, cheap Mexican servants, etc.
    Cut them off, I say. Too late to save the Colorado river but let them all go find their own water.
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    Re: Lake Mead is shrinking -- and with it Las Vegas' water supply

    [QUOTE=AlbqOwl;1062871482]Which is why I am not all that worried about the drought. I figure humankind has survived worse as well as the last ice age and pretty much anything else Mother Nature can throw at us. So a drought certainly isn't beyond our capability to figure out. Or, if it just isn't feasible to stay here, everybody packs up and goes somewhere else as civilizations have been doing here and there on the Earth for all the history of mankind.

    The only thing is, I really like our laid back casual lifestyle out here on the high desert. Will we fit in with the folks in Illinois or Ohio?[/QUOTE]

    Probably what the Anasazi thought, "will we fit in with the Navaho and Apache?"

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    Re: Lake Mead is shrinking -- and with it Las Vegas' water supply

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlbqOwl View Post
    Which is why I am not all that worried about the drought. I figure humankind has survived worse as well as the last ice age and pretty much anything else Mother Nature can throw at us. So a drought certainly isn't beyond our capability to figure out. Or, if it just isn't feasible to stay here, everybody packs up and goes somewhere else as civilizations have been doing here and there on the Earth for all the history of mankind.

    The only thing is, I really like our laid back casual lifestyle out here on the high desert. Will we fit in with the folks in Illinois or Ohio?[/QUOTE]

    Probably what the Anasazi thought, "will we fit in with the Navaho and Apache?"
    LOL. Actually they didn't so far as we know. But they did get along with the Pueblo people who it is presumed assimilated them.
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    Re: Lake Mead is shrinking -- and with it Las Vegas' water supply

    Quote Originally Posted by Grand Mal View Post
    I blame air conditioning.
    I wouldn't camp overnight where there wasn't fresh water but since air conditioning was perfected hundreds of thousands of Americans have settled in the 'sun belt', largely affluent types who are used to the government providing them with the means to maintain their lifestyle- golf courses, swimming pools, manicured lawns, cheap Mexican servants, etc.
    Cut them off, I say. Too late to save the Colorado river but let them all go find their own water.
    The wages of the nanny state.
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    Re: Lake Mead is shrinking -- and with it Las Vegas' water supply

    Quote Originally Posted by sawyerloggingon View Post
    There has been a 14 year drought in this part of the US and if it goes on much longer Las Vegas will be a ghost town. If you own real estate there you should get while the gettin is good. Vegas may be the next Salton Sea resort area.


    LAKE MEAD, Nev.
    - When you head out on Nevada's Lake Mead, the first thing you notice is a white line. That's where the water used to be.
    What did this look like a decade ago?
    "This was all underwater," said Pat Mulroy, the general manager of the Southern Nevada Water Authority. "I mean boats were everywhere. There was a whole marina here."
    Mulroy said that the drought began 14 years ago. Satellite photos show the Colorado River, which feeds Lake Mead, is drying up -- so the lake is rapidly shrinking. Islands are growing, and boats are floating far from where they once were.



    Lake Mead is shrinking -- and with it Las Vegas' water supply - CBS News

    Well, it is a desert after all. We have treated that area like an oasis for far too long. It has had relatively good rainfall for decades before this. I am sure this is why people began to move there in droves. Now the weather is going back to being very, very dry and the residents are finding out that it's not so perfect after all. I don't believe that climate change has anything to do with it. Again, it's a desert.

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    Re: Lake Mead is shrinking -- and with it Las Vegas' water supply

    I have this theory that the water in Las Vegas and the drought in the west is directly related to the choice to cut water to California farmland over the last decade. A lot of the water used in irrigation in California evaporates, follows the easterly winds and end up as precipitation and then flows back west.

    People seem to forget that before California was settled that that wide expanse of California farm land was desert. It's going back there now.
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    Re: Lake Mead is shrinking -- and with it Las Vegas' water supply

    Quote Originally Posted by AlbqOwl View Post
    No it is a drought. Our area was recently classified as not just severe drought or extreme drought but exceptional drought, i.e. there is no drought in our recorded history that is as bad as this drought has been. As somebody previously posted, it was almost certainly just such a drought that drove the Anasazi from their ancient cultural homes. And if it is another 100-year drought, we really will have to figure out how to deal with that. I trust human ingenuity to be up to the task though.
    Actually the Anasazi 'disappeared' from a variety of factors. Over population was one of them, pressure from the invader tribes like the Navajo who's meaning for Anasazi is ancient enemy, and being pushed into marginal areas where access to easily irrigated lands was very limited and thus the effects of the drought were increased on them but not the Navajo- remember people lived in the area through-out the exceptional drought.

    I wouldn't bet on human ingenuity so much- many desert civilizations have failed- from the Sahara, the Mongolian desert, Egypt, Mesopotamia, the Holy Lands, Australia, the short grass prairie of New Mexico (now a sandy wasteland- thanks to human ingenuity)

    Come to think of it has there been any example of the desert being turned back by human ingenuity?

    And FYI exceptional drought doesn't mean the worst in recorded history- read up on D4 drought as SW OK and the Texas panhandle has had D4 in areas for awhile now.

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