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May 6, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Nevada water crisis

Solution is artificial salt lakes

We’ve got lots of water, just that it is mostly salty [“Next global crisis: water?” Business, May 3]. Solution: Get rid of the salt.

Underneath Nevada are huge aquifers of alkaline/saltwater, which can be pumped to the surface via wind and solar energy. There are numerous dry lakes in Nevada that can be flooded to form evaporation ponds. The sun evaporates the artificial lakes, leaving behind the salt, forming clouds, fog and rain. In fact, this salt is mineral-laden with gold, iron, silver and other rare metals.

Creation of artificial salt lakes throughout Nevada would solve its water shortage problem, plus cool the place down, along with encouraging more desert plant life. Why is no one talking about this solution?

— Martin Nix, Seattle

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