Libyan Sahara: Water from the Desert

Journey to the Libyan part of Sahara, where vast amounts of millions of year old water reservers are being extracted underneath the rolling sand dunes. The water is used to improve the Lybian society, but in turn endangering the eco-systems underneath the Sahara desert.

The Sahara’s northeasterly winds can reach hurricane level and often give rise to sand storms and dust devils. Half of the Sahara receives less than an inch of rain per year, and the rest receives up to 4 inches (10 centimeters) per year.

Sahara, otherwise called “Bahr Belá Má” (Waterless Sea) by the Bedouins, stretches across a vast area of 9.2 million km² in Northern Africa.

Deep beneath its dune fields and stone deserts, it expands an immeasurable reservoir of water resources.

Using enormous technical resources, the Libyans have begun to extract fossil reserves of groundwater. Following oil, water is now the new wave of euphoria.

In the present desert climate, reserves are only being partially replaced and what has collected over a period of millions of years could be used up in only a few decades.

Libyan Sahara: Water from the Desert
  • Info
  • Release date2001
  • Full runtime
  • Director(s)Michael Schlamberger
  • Part of the seriesThe Secrets of Nature
  • Production companyIndigenius