Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2011 - (Page 22)
Finding Water from
A globe-trotting geologist uses satellites and other remote-sensing platforms to find water under some of the world’s thirstiest places.
By Vince Beiser THE LAND CRUISER rattles and bumps down a stripe of rutted dirt carving through the brush in this remote corner of southern Angola. Half a mile to the west, the tranquil blue Atlantic glimmers in the African sun. To the east, miles of spiky desert grass fade away to a range of sere mountains. The last village lies miles behind us, the next miles ahead.
In the front seat, Alain Gachet, a plump, boyish 58-year-old, his thick crest of silver hair crammed under an Indiana Jones hat, is focused intently on the laptop balanced on his knees. The computer is plugged into a tiny GPS unit set on the dashboard. On the screen, a thin yellow line tracking our progress creeps forward over a map stippled with thousands of differently colored squares. “Stop here!” Gachet cries suddenly. The driver brakes in the middle of the track. By the time three South African drillers and I extricate ourselves from the cramped vehicle, Gachet has bounded out, scrambled over a hillock and found a low, clear patch of sandy yellow soil. “Right here, Freddy,” Gachet requests in French-accented English. Freddy Chambers drives a shovel into the earth. Gachet practically vibrates with excitement as he watches. About two feet down, 22 • Fourth Quarter 2011
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2011
FROM THE PRESIDENT
THE FUTURE OF MARKETING IN A BRAVE NEW UTILITY WORLD!
PROTECTING OUR DRINKING WATER
FINDING WATER FROM OUTER SPACE
REBUILDING THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE PUBLIC AND THEIR TAP WATER
ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL H2O-XPO
INDEX TO ADVERTISERS/ ADVERTISERS.COM
FROM THE CEO
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2011