Water economy, naturally
T E Lawrence, popularly known as
'Lawrence of Arabia,' turned the course of the Arab war by crossing the burning sands of
Nefud desert and trouncing the Turkish garrison at Aqaba. This daring feat was possible
because of the legendary resilience of desert dwellers-the Bedouins and camels. One known
for their knowledge of the desert, and the other for its natural water economy.
Life is an unending quest for water, and
many organisms maintain their water-balance in an astounding variety of ways.
Tricks of the
1. Turn up half buried stones just before sunrise. The coolness
causes dew to from on the surface.
Dew also forms on desert grass. Soak the moisture in a cloth and wring the water into a
Follow the bees. Within a 1000 metre radius they move to and from a water source in a
Look for pigeons and doves. They can only exist near freshwater.
Dig just above the high tide mark where sand dunes meet the sea. You might find a thin
layer of fresh water floating above a heavier layer of salt water.
Bedouins are nomadic people of Negev, Sanai, Sahara and the
Arabian deserts. The word, derived from Arabic means desert dwellers. Bedouins have a
unique lifestyle that is tuned to the moods of the desert. Here are some Bedouin tricks,
you can use to find water in a desert.
While humans struggle to find viable
solutions to water woes,nature provides such amazing solutions to combat water scarcity!
We cannot match nature but surely we can draw inspiration from it?
humans struggle to find viable solutions to water woes,nature provides such amazing
solutions to com-bat water scarcity! We cannot match nature but surely we can draw
inspiration from it?