Ron Kean wrote:
> On Sun, 18 Jul 1999 21:31:54 -0700 "Technotranscendence"
> <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> I think, e.g., that the East African Rift Valley could be
> >turned>into an inland sea similar to the Mediterranean with a little
> >>In fact, it would seem, if my readings are correct, that just a tiny
> >amount>of excavation at it's northern extremity would start the process
> >whereby>waters from the Red Sea would flood a portion of the Rift
> What would be the advantage of flooding the Rift Valley? I think there
> was a proposal involving the Dead Sea, which is about 1200 feet below sea
> level, whereby piping in water from the Mediterranean could be used to
> generate electricity. There may have been a similar proposal involving
> the Qattara Depression in Egypt.
The distance from the sea to the rift valley is only a few hundred yards, and some water is already seeping in through cracks in the rock, but its a rather toxic brew by the time it seeps through the volcanic rock...I agree that opeing it up would probably be the biggest economic windfall for the Ethiopian and Somali people.