fertile crescent [was: Looters Sack Baghdad Antiquities Museum]

Danny Ayers danny666 at virgilio.it
Sun Apr 13 03:16:40 PDT 2003

> On Saturday, April 12, 2003, at 11:15 AM, johnhall wrote:
> >> The rich Mesopotamian marshlands known for centuries as the Fertile
> >> Crescent have almost completely disappeared, with only 10 percent of
> >> the important ecosystem still remaining, according to a study based on
> >> satellite images of the region.
> >>
> >
> > The damage was intentional.  The Marsh Arabs opposed Saddam.
> You know, the Neocons missed a great marketing opportunity, they should
> had been selling Saddam as a defiler of the Environment to the Greens.
> They could had have raised a John Muir/Hayduke brigade of eco-warriors.
> :)
> And the war could be even more like something out of a Ken McLeod novel.
> -- whump

Unfortunately Gulf Wars aren't too great on the environment, see


Fortunately it looks like the oil damage won't be as bad this time, but
there are other issues :

"Not all environmental damage will come from obvious sources, though.
Convoys of heavy vehicles beating across the Iraqi desert will create their
own damage. Much of the desert has a thin, brittle surface that protects it
from erosion.

Movement of heavy machinery breaks up this crust, uncovering sand that may
gradually form moving sand dunes. These can persist for hundreds of years.
Kuwaiti geomorphologists say the 1991 war unleashed dunes that may one day
engulf Kuwait City."


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