Greening the Desert, Thirsty Wheat, Saudi Arabia

18 Mar, 2012 - By

Wheat is irrigated in the Saudi desert with a roving sprinkler system. Finding enough land and water to support the eating habits of the world’s seven billion people is no small task, so the Saudis, among others, have taken to greening the desert. Their efforts are turning once barren land into sprouting oases through the use of modern, yet potentially short-sighted, watering technologies and methods.

Although most of Saudi Arabia is sandy desert, the country was blessed with a massive underground aquifer.

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