Re: If all the ice melted...

From: Spike Jones (
Date: Sun Jul 01 2001 - 19:28:30 MDT

> writes:
> > filling the Caspian basin up to a level of 200 meters
> > above sea level (its surface is now at ~200 below sea level as I recall)
> > would reqire no dam construction to retain the water,...
> > wrote:

> Technically it's doable but you would have to pay
> Russia, Azerbaijan, and Khazakstan astronomical
> sums of money to justify flooding so much of their land.

Astronomical by their standards or ours? If we manage
to extrapolate our technology another 20 years, the sums
of money available to do this kinda thing will be difficult
to imagine. If GM works out the way I expect, farmland
will be cheap indeed. China is going ahead with flooding
huge tracts of land for a dam. Seems like Mike's Caspian Sea
notion is workable.

> A couple of other countries would have
> non-trivial compensation requests too. Your proposal
> just points out the huge costs of even small changes
> in sea level.

Agreed. There are a lot of countries which would likely
kick in some gold to buy land from the commies for
water storage purposes. Seems like a far cheaper solution
than reducing CO2 emissions. spike

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