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Old 07-30-2014, 08:24 PM
 
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Parts of the desert can be laid out with solar panels to provide the electricity for desalination and pumping. The deserts can bloom.
I don't know if I believe they can bloom, but maybe they can stave off drying out a little longer, ha ha.
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Old 07-31-2014, 12:28 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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Here is something the Australian government published about this topic (pdf file).

http://www.environment.gov.au/system...ving-water.pdf

I could not find something similar for the US, but it gives an overview of the problems caused by the long distance conveyance of water. Of course, for the US there would be even more challenges due to having greater elevation differences than the relatively flat Australia.
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Old 07-31-2014, 01:25 PM
 
Location: The Circle City. Sometimes NE of Bagdad.
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Parts of the desert can be laid out with solar panels to provide the electricity for desalination and pumping. The deserts can bloom.
The existing solar panel farms in the So Ca desert are starting to cause problems with the death of birds being fried, tortoises and other wildlife impacted and the blinding glare affecting aircraft pilots. But theres more.

Problems with Big Desert Solar Makes the Papers | Solar | ReWire | KCET

California’s dream to be the Saudi Arabia of solar dries up in the desert – Quartz
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Old 08-02-2014, 01:05 PM
 
Location: TOVCCA
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Not exactly a pipeline, more like a bucket brigade, but an interesting twist on people who suddenly need water:

Water Being Sent to Ohio City From Across State - ABC News
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Old 08-03-2014, 01:27 AM
 
Location: Allendale MI
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Not exactly a pipeline, more like a bucket brigade, but an interesting twist on people who suddenly need water:

Water Being Sent to Ohio City From Across State - ABC News
Well atleast it isn't on fire this time. Good old Ohio
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