Somalia Canal

Kenneth Erwin Engelhardt

Kenneth Erwin Engelhardt

Could a system of artificial canals help Somalia? Is it time for a radical altering of the landscape to stop desertification? Imagine a “Somalia Canal” that starts in Somalia with a string of desalinization plants that would form a strip along the Indian Ocean. The water produced from these plants would be pumped to an artificial reservoir as a starting point that would run north towards Djibouti. The artificial canal (river) would stimulate agricultural output and job potential.

Somalia
Somalia

In order to keep it simple, it would start as a basic concrete-lined ditch 10 or 15 feet wide and probably 4 to 5 feet deep. While the impact of this would be small, it might possibly be a good start. The Horn of Africa country is subject to perpetual drought. The ocean with desalinization plants could provide an endless supply of needed water.

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