Specially made waterproof LED lights are attached to the base of paddle boards which illuminate the water below allowing the paddlers to see fish otherwise invisible in the darkness.
Sesuit Harbor, Dennis, Massachusetts.
Photograph by Julia Cumes
This map, created from observations by the twin GRACE satellites, shows how fresh water storage in the USA have changed between 2003 and 2012.
“Groundwater reserves, the traditional backup for water supplies during extended periods of drought, are in decline globally. The contrast in precipitation between wet and dry regions and between wet and dry seasons will increase so places that now rely on groundwater because they are dry will need groundwater even more in the future.” (source).
Workers swarm over scaffolding to erect the Nagarjuna Sagar dam in India, May 1963.
Photograph by John Scofield, National Geographic
Arabic designs for water wheels and other irrigation mechanisms from a 16th Century Manuscript.
Phytoplankton bloom captured by Envisat
The phytoplankton bloom pictured in this Envisat image stretches across the Barents Sea off the coast of mainland Europe’s most northern point, Cape Nordkinn. Although most types of phytoplankton are individually microscopic, the chlorophyll they use for photosynthesis collectively tints the colour of the surrounding ocean waters.
This allows for these tiny organisms to be detected from space with dedicated ‘ocean colour’ sensors, such as Envisat’s Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer, which acquired this image on 17 August 2011.
Photo Credit : ESA/Envisat
Melt water lake developing on the Glacial Ice Sheet, Greenland.
Following their collaborarion on Manufactured Landscapes, photographer Edward Burtynsky and filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal reunite to explore the ways in which humanity has shaped, manipulated and depleted one of its most vital and compromised resources: water. Their new film Watermark is currently showing at the Toronto International Film Festival.
You can watch the trailer here
The widely used centre pivot irrigation systems create fallow corners marking the difference between the economic logic of irrigation technology and the grid structure imposed on the landscape.
On a typical “quarter section” in the American mid- and southwest, tessellating pivot circles will leave up 15 percent of each field thirsty.
Additional corner swing systems can be installed but are expensive and are generally used only for valuable crops. The result is a delicate equation that balances land value, potential yield without irrigation, water availability, and crop prices.
These corners are sometimes leased from neighbours to grow less thirsty crops or graze cattle, or are advocated by ecologists to restore complexity by providing biodiversity and movement corridors in a simplified landscape of monoculture crop circles.
From Edible Geography
Recently renovated, the 18th Century,Jal Mahal (“Water Palace”) is located in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake in Jaipur city, Rajasthan, India.
It long remained an abandoned dilapidated palace in the midst of the sewage laden lake. With the urbanisation of Jaipur city and areas surrounding the lake, the ecological system of the lake and its vicinity deteriorated drastically.
A major clean up of the lake lasted 6 years and included re-alignment of city drains, de-silting and planting schemes.
Meniscus glass, 2004
The ‘Meniscus’ glass offers us the ability to measure our pleasure in liquid time elapsed, sips, mouthfuls and gulps.
Richard Wentworth: “I like the way we say ‘I’ll be with you as soon as I finish my drink’”.