Defining the Geopolitics of a Thirsty WorldSM
Drought and Over-pumping Causing Tehran To Sink

Via Green Prophet, a report on growing incidence of sinkholes in Tehran:

Thanks to drought and over-pumping underground water reserves in the western region of Tehran, Iran’s capital city, fissures also known as sinkholes are opening up, causing Iran’s major city and capital city to sink.

The sinkholes threaten people’s homes and the local infrastructure.

While some Middle Eastern countries like Israel are seeing record rain, Tehran is feeling the effects of a three-decades long drought. Ongoing desertification and over-use of water from a growing population is the major cause to these dangerous sinkholes that can open anywhere, anytime.

The Dead Sea regions of Israel and Jordan have also seen a growing number of sinkholes as the large body of inland water recedes more and more every year. 

Tehran is growing to a record 8.5 million people, and underground aquifers now overpumped get saltier and saltier every year. Instead of going straight to the taps, a large amount of water goes to growing food in a very inefficient way (time for hydroponics and smart agriculture from this company flux?)

The Tehran region is known as one of the 10 driest places on earth and the sinkholes are now causing the area 3,900 feet (1,200 meters) above sea level, to shrink 8.6 inches (22 centimeters) per year, according to the Iranian government.

What happens when your city is sinking? Cracked water pipes, gaping holes in the sidewalks, and miles long fissures that can swallow anything in its path threatening the airport, oil refinery operations, railroads and highways.

International sanctions against Iran have hurt it. But these have been going on since the 1979 revolution. Iran has sought to produce enough food locally to feed all of its people but in term has caused permanent damage to its local geography.

A recent study found that even if there is more rainfall the local terrain seems to have lost the ability to hold water.

This entry was posted on Sunday, February 3rd, 2019 at 11:24 am and is filed under Iran.  You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.  You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site. 

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.

© 2019 Water Politics LLC.  'Water Politics', 'water. politics. life', and 'Defining the Geopolitics of a Thirsty World' are service marks of Water Politics LLC.