NASA Tech Could Help Find Mideast Water

ALEXANDRIA, Egypt, April 3 (UPI) — NASA technology used to hunt for water on Mars could be used in the huge deserts of the Middle East and North Africa, a NASA scientist says.

NASA planetary scientist Essam Heggy, a member of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, told a U.N. water conference in Alexandria, Egypt, the scarcity of water could trigger water-related conflicts throughout the region, The Daily Telegraph reported Saturday.

But the NASA technology could detect water up to more than half a mile beneath the dense deserts that cover much of the Middle East and North Africa, he said.

As global warming continues, the technology could eventually help ward off conflict, Heggy said.

NASA scans showed an especially arid region of Darfur in Sudan is sitting on top of 6,000-year-old valleys and lakes, he told the U.N. Development Program conference, the newspaper reported.

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