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Disappearing Ground Water Means Sinking Cities

posted by Jael Ever @ 11:41 AM
December 28, 2010

Those who drill into the earth understand that it is made of water as well as rock and soil.  It seems, however, that they did not convey such knowledge to those who have built towering structures in modern cities around the world.  Many of these buildings are sinking now, because the populations around them have overly drained earth’s aquifers beneath them.  Buildings in such countries as China, Mexico, Italy, Indonesia, Thailand, Mexico  and even in the United States, are sinking because of disappearing ground water.

 Engineers in Jakarta, Indonesia, which is sinking at about 3.5 centimeters a year, were frantically building deep injection wells, hoping to quickly replenish the groundwater there.  But, according to Arientha Primanita’s article in the Jakarta Globe, that effort was stopped because it was too expensive.  And according to China in 2003, some 46 cities in China have buildings sinking because “overused groundwater supplies threaten to pull the soil out from under the nation’s cities, . . .”  Again, the problem is China’s fast track to become a first world nation:  “Surface subsidence picked up speed over the last two decades as a result of an increasing demand for groundwater caused by fast economic growth and urbanization, pollution of surface water and the construction of skyscrapers . . .”  At last report, the central government was studying the problem.
 Moreover, even as Iran’s leaders are doing everything to develop nuclear power, their nation’s cities are sinking from overuse of groundwater.  Kate Ravilious of National Geographic News reports:  “Iran’s insatiable demand for water, which is being drawn out of aquifers far faster than it can be replenished, is causing large chunks of farmland to sink and buildings to crack.”  This very dry nation now depends on aquifers for 50% of its water.   To provide food for its citizens, farmers dig ever deeper for underground water––that will soon run-out.

 Buildings in other cities around the world, including in the United States, are similarly sinking because of overuse of aquifer water.  Some will be discussed in the next blog.   But necessary in any discussion about underground water is understanding of water’s intricate involvement in earth’s construction.   Wholesale Christian Bibles states, “For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by The Word of God the heavens were of old and the earth standing out of the water and in the water (2 Peter 3: 5).”  One of the earliest Names by which God identifies Himself in The Bible is Jehovah-Elohim (Genesis 2:4) which means The Eternal, Immutable Creator.  But most builders don’t check with Him before they build.  Most industrial farmers don’t seek His permission to dig multiple wells.  And surely, architects don’t ask His permission before taking underground water to moisten grassy golf courses.  Such willful ignorance is now destroying the earth.

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