Several factors have caused rivers, to have no water, all over the world.
Many, around the world, have observed their local rivers to dry up, but with only local perspective, believe it is an isolated case. But, our family of readers provides GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES, allowing us to see, that this is a trend throughout the world!
Why? It appears that the combination of the following factors are causing dry rivers:
- Global warming, even the slight increase in world temperatures is causing rivers to decline.
- Over irrigation, farmers throughout the world are pumping more water out than the rivers produce.
- Declining water tables, throughout the world produce fewer "springs" to feed rivers
- Declining snow reserves, throughout the mountains of the world, produce less "snowmelt"
- Over development, by farms, and cities, has caused rivers all over the world to simply become dry river beds.
The social and economic impacts are impossible to calculate but run in the billions of dollars annually. Consider some of the major rivers that are in trouble:
- COLORADO (Southwestern USA)……..This river drys up and rarely reaches the sea. Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, and California all pump water from it, until it is dry.
- YELLOW (China)….It first ran dry in 1972, and since 1985 has run dry often.
- NILE (Egypt)……….Varies from a mere trickle to dry every year
- INDUS (Pakistan)….This river supplies most of the irrigation for the farms of Pakistan. It is often dry now.
- GANGES (India)….Waters the Gangiatic basin, but in recent years, there is not enough water.
- AMU DARYA (Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan)…Amu Darya is completely pumped dry by cotton farmers.
- SYR DARYA (Central Asia)….This river, greatly reduced is all that keeps the Aral Sea from completely disappearing.
- MEKONG (Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Viet Nam) 168 million people use this river, but China has dammed the river upstream for irrigation, and vastly reduced the flow of water.
- TIGRIS AND EUPHRATES (Turkey, Syria and Iraq)…Large dams in Turkey and Iraq have reduced the water flow so that 90% of the former vast wetlands of the delta region have disappeared.
AND THOUSANDS OF SMALLER RIVERS AROUND THE WORLD. IN THE COMMENT SECTION AT THE END OF THIS REPORT, WILL YOU MENTION RIVERS IN YOUR AREA THAT ARE REDUCED OR “DRY”.