Fresh water is undoubtedly our most precious resource aside from the air we breathe, and the only commodity whose cost has steadily risen over time. At the same time, our understanding of the origins, pathways, and recharge mechanisms of the earths most valuable "economic" mineralgroundwaterremains in the nineteenth century. It is ironic that this scientific anachronism is contributing to a global shortage of available fresh water supplies while oil, gas, and mineral discoveries have proliferated, vastly increasing the worlds energy, precious metals, and industrial mineral reserves.
Modern Groundwater Exploration details applications and results of proven twenty-first- century technologies and geological concepts adapted from the oil, gas, and mineral exploration industries for evaluating, developing, and managing previously undiscovered, massive, sustainable groundwater resources. Unprecedented in both its scope and authority, this timely book presents:
The worlds need for clean, dependable water is more urgentand addressablethan ever before. Let Modern Groundwater Exploration introduce you to the authors revolutionary megawatershed paradigm, along with the latest concepts and technologies for accessing vast reservoirs of groundwaterstill todays safest, cleanest, and most plentiful water resource.
Foreword. Preface. Chapeter 1. Introduction. Chapter 2. Megawatersheds - A New Paradigm. Chapter 3. Case Study - Northwest Somalia 1984-86. Chapter 4. Case Studies - Sudan. Chapter 5. Case Study - Tobago, West Indies 1999-2000. Chapter 6. Case Study - Trinidad, West Indies 2000-2002. Chapter 7. Global Implications of a Hydrogeological Paradigm Shift.
Robert A. Bisson is CEO of Earthwater Technology International. He founded and managed water development companies on four continents and has explored the world for oil, gas, minerals, and water for over thirty-five years. He first discovered and documented megawatersheds in Africa's rift region in the 1980s, and he designed and managed the projects summarized as case studies in this book. Robert Bisson is widely published and is a Fellow of the Explorers Club. Jay H. Lehr, PhD, is president of Environmental Education Enterprises, Inc. He is the founder of The Association of Ground Water Scientists and Engineers, former editor of the Groundwater Journal, and author of fifteen books and over 500 articles. His pioneering work in groundwater hydrology in the 1970s and '80s led to the first major innovations in aquifer modeling, water well siting, and drilling technologies since the nineteenth century.
"I highly recommend 'Modern Groundwater Exploration' to a wide variety of environmental professionals...provides abundant and convincing practical evidence..." (Environmental Practice, December 2005) "Whether one agrees with Bisson's new paradigm or not, both professionals and students should read this book." (CHOICE, February 2005) "The gems of the book are the case studies...[they are] interesting and informative." (E-STREAMS, February 2005) "Geologists who are au courant will...leap at the new paradigms set forth. The rest of us may well find that the book radically changes our ideas about water." (U.S. Water News, February 2005) "...details applications and results of proven 21st century technologies and geological concepts adapted from the oil, gas, and mineral exploration industries..." (Journal of the American Water Resources Association, December 2004) "Highly recommended for anyone interested or involved in water resource development, this book presents a promising new method-the megawatershed paradigm-to help exploration geologists discover and develop vast stores of groundwater..." (Water & Wastewater, October 2004)