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Egypt / Desert Water Resources #254086

CBS Evening News for Monday, Sep 12, 1977
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(Studio) Several days ago, there was report of massive water find under Egyptian desert. However, investigation by reporter finds outlook not so bright as in early reports
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Cairo, Egypt) Persians and ancient Romans knew of water under Egypt's west desert. Only recently have Egyptians begun to identify source and extent of it. Details with regard to location and amount of water held in sandstone aquifer, size of California and NV, noted. Problem is lack of arable land in area. In fact, Egypt's economy problems don't stem from lack of water, as there is surplus of irrigation water available from Nile River, but from money it would take to import modern technology and machinery. Potential for development of water resources under desert, time and money needed noted.
REPORTER: John Sheahan

Cronkite, Walter;
Sheahan, John

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