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EARTH'S WATER SOURCES REDISCOVERED

Rivers may constitute 20 percent of continental water flows into oceans



by Staff Writers
Columbia SC (SPX) Feb 09, 2015






If you think rivers are what send terrestrial rainfall back into the oceans, you don't know the half of it. And that fraction keeps shrinking. 



According to new research, it might be that only one-fifth of the water flowing from the continents into the Atlantic and Indo-Pacific Oceans runs through overland channels of water. And just as surprising, a vast amount flows into the land from the ocean.


University of South Carolina professor Willard Moore is part of an international team that recently estimated how much of the water flowing into the oceans comes not from surface rivers, creeks and streams, but instead from what he has termed the "subterranean estuary."




For two decades, Moore has drawn attention to the oft-overlooked flow and exchange of ocean and groundwater in the permeable layers of rock and sediment, a process that occurs both near the coastline…

STRATFOR ANALYSIS : GERMANY'S UNCOMFORTABLE ROLE

Germany Emerges
Geopolitical Weekly



FEBRUARY 10, 2015 | 09:00 GMT 



Stratfor


By George Friedman







German Chancellor Angela Merkel, accompanied by French President Francois Hollande, met with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Feb. 6. 




Then she met with U.S. President Barack Obama on Feb. 9. 



The primary subject was Ukraine, but the first issue discussed at the news conference following the meeting with Obama was Greece. 


Greece and Ukraine are not linked in the American mind. They are linked in the German mind, because both are indicators of Germany's new role in the world and of Germany's discomfort with it.



It is interesting to consider how far Germany has come in a rather short time. When Merkel took office in 2005, she became chancellor of a Germany that was at peace, in a European Union that was united. Germany had put its demands behind it, embedding itself in a Europe where it could be both prosperous and free of the geopolitical burdens that had led it into such dark places. If …