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The Oroville Dam crisis in February 2017 doesn't deserve to be called a crisis. The Oroville water infrastructure functioned well within its design parameters. Its 770 foot dam did not fail, as the tallest dam in the USA, and the tallest earth-filled dam in the world till the Aswan High Dam on the Nile superseded it. Its reservoir is the 2nd largest in California. For 49 years, since in completion in 1968, the dam provided flood protection, power, and a reliable source for freshwater.
The Oroville Dam is one of the key features of the California State Water Project, which provides supplemental water for 25 million Californians and irrigation water for an estimated 750,000 acres of farmland, via 440 miles of aqueducts. None of this was affected by the February 2017 flooding event, the most severe in the dam's history.
Spillway damage at Oroville Dam Feb. 2017
A portion of the main spillway was damaged, probably due to poor inspection, and the emergency spillway that had never been active since the dam was built, suffered some erosion at its base that should have been prevented by an upgrade that had been denied.
A great catastrophe would likely have occurred by the Oroville flooding event, if the dam infrastructure had never been built. The flooding was prevented, and a lesson was learned in addition.
The lesson is, that vast volumes of water are carried in the atmosphere, which the ionization of it can cause to be released in great volumes. This means that artificial ionization of the atmosphere across the catchment basin for the river could rescue the vast Colorado River system that is rapidly drying up.
The river system could be restored to its design parameters by the simple recognition of the principle that had caused the Oroville flooding. The Colorado River could be technologically maintained by this principle. It would be surprising if this option wasn't implemented relatively soon.
Roughly 40 million people depend on the Colorado River for their water, and 4.5 million acres of agricultural lands for irrigation. When the river dries up, a real crisis begins of immense proportions. But there is no need to let this come to pass.
There is no need to demolish the Glen Canyon Dam for the lack of water in the system, to prop up Lake Mead downstream. A part of the maintenance task for this system should include the providing of adequate supplies to operate the system at design capacity. This can be accomplished with relative ease.
There is no shortage of water in the air. The water can be harnessed with technologically induced ionization. The technology already exists.
The natural principle that produced the horrendous flood waters that flooded the Oroville system in 2017, can be applied artificially in the form of technological cloud ionization that can coax enough water out of the vast stores of water that exist in the atmosphere, to meet the Colorado's system's rather modest needs.
There is absolutely no need to jeopardize the water supply for 40 million people and for irrigation for 4.5 million acres of farm lands, by allowing the Colorado River system to dry up, when this can be prevented. The catchments basin of the Colorado River is so vast that a few inches of technological rain per month would rapidly fill the system to capacity and keep it filled, with enough spare capacity built in for expanding needs. The energy requirement for this to happen would amount to but a tiny fraction of the energy production that is already lost with the system drying up.
Of course, if one waits long enough in today's fast changing world with a rapidly weakening Sun, the conditions will develop that the rapidly increasing solar cosmic-ray flux, especially when a big coronal hole opens up in the direction of the Earth, will cause a major flash-flood event that can fill the Colorado system back up in a couple of weeks. This won't likely happen next year, or in a few years till the early 2020s. But why would one want to wait that long till the natural system changes enough to fill our need, when the principles are understood that enable us to meet our needs by our own power, by simply applying the principles?
Now there is a third lesson standing in the background, that the Oroville flooding event is putting on the table for consideration. And this one is big. It is related to the now ongoing transition towards the Next Ice Age. And it is also related to economics. The spillway damage in the example shown here will be repaired, and the upgrade for the emergency spillway will likely be installed. The cost will likely add up to a quarter billion dollars. But what about the levees downstream on the Feather River?
The Feather River levee system for the outflow of the dam had been rebuilt at in 2015 at a cost of 300 million. It had been designed to serve 200 years. Its capacity of 170,000 cubic feet per second, carried the flood volume that was released with significant room to spare. The maximum that the Oroville spillway can release is, 150,000 cfs, and the turbines another 17,000 cfs. The actual release during the flood event didn't come anywhere close to full capacity for the dam and the State Levee system. Only some of the Non-State levees, that hadn't been rebuilt, had been filled dangerously to near the point of overflowing.
So it hadn't been the failure of the main spillway that hadn't been used for some time, that had driven the Oroville flooding to the point of disaster. The danger had been the weak link in the system, the levees that been sufficient during the past, and had not been upgraded. The dam's regulators were limited in their freedom to act, by this bottleneck. This time they succeeded. Disaster was avoided. But what about next year?
Our Sun is presently in a rapidly weakening phase that started in 1998 and will continue for another 30 years from the present. Every passing year under the fast weakening Sun will produce rapidly increasing cosmic-ray flux. The solar cosmic-ray flux was 20% over normal in 2008 when the Ulysses mission ended. It is potentially double that by now, in 2017.
That's what the increase in flooding events testify to, and their increasing flood volume. The cosmic-ray flux may soon be 50% over normal, if it isn't already. This means that we are far past the point where we can use historic data as a yardstick for the future.
We live in a different world now than we did when the big dams for flood control were built. Most were built in the decades prior to the year 2000, when the Sun was still ramping up. The facilities were designed in a period when all was well and the world wasn't changing rapidly. Historic yardsticks were valid then, for the time when the great dams and facilities were built. But now, that the Sun is diminishing, and is diminishing 10 times faster than it had previously ramped up. We are now encountering instabilities that exceed historic experiences. For every year ahead, we are moving back 10 years in solar activity, in comparison with the historic solar up-ramping of the last 300 years. We are in fresh new territory. The type of steep solar collapse that we now experience, has never been seen before in comparable historic measurements..
The last time the Earth had been in a comparable situation, of an Ice Age Start-up phase happening, had been 120,000 years ago. If we use the ice core measurements as a measure for the future, all the yardsticks of experienced history, fall away. And that's where we are. we are in a transition period towards something that has never been experienced before, where only scientific measurements can aid us. We are in a new world in which our future can only be judged by the principles we have discovered and the dynamics of their expression that we are beginning to recognize, even while these are largely not recognized to exist in the mainstream world.
The measurements that the NASA and ESO spacecraft brought home, shouldn't be possible according to the widely accepted model for the Sun in the mainstream world of science. Consequently the measurements that have been made, which challenge the old model, are swept under the rug, instead of the model becoming updated into line with what the measured evidence tells us
The evidence tells us that we haven't seen anything yet. The California Central Valley is a natural flood bowl, as is the Mississippi basin, the Ganges basin, the Indus basin, the Volga basin, the Nile basin, the Yangtze river basin, the Congo Basin, the Amazon basin, and so on.
The Biblical flood may have been a large solar-caused flash flood across the large area of the three river's catchment area, which all flow into the big flood bowl of Mesopotamia that is surrounded by mountains, with just a narrow gap for an outflow.
So far, we have only seen a 40% - 50% increase in cosmic-ray flux over 20 years, according to the rate of increase measured by Ulysses. The rate of increase may not be linear, but may be a geometric increase. We might be seeing a 300% larger cosmic-ray flux over the next 30 years, with dramatically larger volleys of cosmic rays flowing through increasingly larger coronal holes.
As these dynamics unfold into ever-larger flooding events, it will likely become an economic necessity in the not so distant future to venture into large-scale floating indoor agriculture. This takes us far beyond hydroponics, onto a scale that requires extremely large artificial infrastructures that basalt-based processes can easily provide, produced in large-scale high-temperature automated industrial facilities. Nothing less than a new industrial revolution of this type, operating as a worldwide cooperative effort, will be sufficient to create floating infrastructures. But it is all totally achievable.
Basalt is a type of stone that melts at 1,200 degrees Celsius. It is basically lava and exists in a number of extremely large surface deposits around the world, in the form of flood basalt provinces. The Siberian Traps is one of the largest, in the range of 5 million cubic-kilometres in volume. India also has a large deposit sitting unused on the ground, though smaller in volume.
Basalt is stronger than steel by weight; is non-corrosive, is chemically inert, and is almost as hard as diamonds. It has an extremely fine grain, so that it can be extruded into micro-fibres. And best of all, this almost ideal building material lays process-ready on the ground in infinite abundance. All that is needed for it to be used, is high-density energy to melt it. This, the liquid-fuelled nuclear fission reactor can provide, or cosmic energy can provide. Both options are possible.
The liquid-fuelled nuclear power reactor has its nuclear fuel dissolved in molten salt, operating at normal air pressure. The Molten Salt Reactor can utilize Thorium as fuel, and also Uranium or Plutonium. Very High Temperature Reactors are possible on this basis, that are able to operate at temperatures above 1,400 degrees Celsius. This brings them well within the range for melting basalt. The world supply of its primary fuel, thorium, is immense, and so is the energy it can produce. The molten salt thorium reactor will be the primary power source for basalt-shaping industrial processes. The thorium reactor has been developed and kept unused on the shelf since the 1950s, because, as a former director of the CERN laboratory suggests, its by-products are useless for building nuclear bombs.
A still greater energy resource is cosmic electric energy, for which the utilization technology has not yet been developed.
The Earth is surrounded in space by a soup of plasma, the same plasma that powers the Sun, except in a less dense form. The ionosphere is our interface for it. The protons of the plasma soup are attracted to the Earth and settle into the ground, while the electrons become stripped in the atmosphere to form the ionosphere. NASA discovered two large dense electro-jets encircling the Earth.
Should we develop the technology to tap into these streams, we would have a very-large energy resource available that is self-renewing from cosmic sources, forever and ever. Here lies our energy future. This energy resource has not yet been made accessible, probably for reasons that it would obsolete oil as an energy resource.
We will need to bring this new type of energy resource online, on a sufficiently large scale, to power the additional artificial sunlight that may be required for the up-coming floating indoors agricultures, and for homes, and industries, and for transportation.
The floating agriculture will happen, and probably quite soon, because, as I said before, the economics are on its side. The economic incentive for floating agriculture is so large that the entire process will drive itself by the power of its economics. And so, the Ice Age economic development will all happen by its underlying economic necessity for much smaller reasons than the Ice Age Challenge itself, and also for powering food production more efficiently.
The flooding out, of the traditional food production infrastructures, will force the world into Ice Age economics. In comparison with having to deal with the ever-increasing flooding that looms in the near future and their destructive consequences and crop losses, as the coronal holes are getting bigger and the flooding larger, and the protection against them is becoming evermore expensive, the building of a new world with agriculture afloat on the oceans, will soon become an attractive option for the lack of better alternatives.
The bottom line is, we haven't seen anything yet.
The coronal hole for the Oroville flooding event was relatively small, in comparison with what lies before us. Significantly larger coronal holes are possible, even at the equator of the Sun where they are presently still rare. And even when these larger events are beginning to happen, we still haven't seen anything yet. We still have another 30 years before us, of the dreadful trend getting worse, which results in ever-larger flooding events, with ever-larger costs involved.
California's water infrastructure is a gigantic complex system that promises to become increasingly costly to maintain, so much so that it may become economically advantageous at a point to simply put the critical agriculture afloat onto the sea in large scale automated indoors facilities, and this long before it becomes an existentially necessity to do so.
Floating agriculture modules offer many advantages. No flood control will be needed. Freshwater supplies and volumes of CO2 for increased plant growth are available right where they are needed, fed from the oceans.
In addition, floating self-contained agricultural modules that operate with scientifically controlled environments, can themselves be produced extremely efficiently with automated industrial production methods, and be produced of basalt.
Freshwater can be drawn from the ocean by a process of deep ocean reverse osmosis desalination. On land, desalination plants use high pressure to force saltwater through a membrane that blocks the salt molecules and lets the freshwater pass. The energy cost is high, for producing fresh water with high pressure desalination. But if the membrane is placed 5,000 meters deep, the weight differential between salt water and fresh water, will produce enough pressure differential for the process to run by itself.
The needed volumes of CO2 for enriched greenhouse operations, can likewise be drawn from the Sea that contains 50 times as much CO2 dissolved in it, than the atmosphere holds. When the CO2 becomes a gas again at lower pressure near the surface, it expands and makes the up-welling column lighter, whereby the extraction process drives itself.
Hydroponics is already commercially utilized to grow food right in the cities, in old warehouses, with artificial lighting tuned to the plans' needs, and with climate control.
The process requires no soil and uses 95% less water. Nor does it require pesticides, but requires substantial energy for lighting, possibly in the order of 20 watts per square meter.
By the process of growing food without soil, the roots are nourished with a fine spray of water. However, by this process certain disadvantages arise. Plants growing in soil, are supported by soil bacteria that break down numerous minerals in the soul into the specific forms that plants can absorb. Without this process, plants tend to become nutritionally 'hollow.'
High-tech greenhouse operations would likely utilize plants planted in soil, exposed to sunlight, with double or triple the current CO2 density in the air, potentially enhanced with artificial sunlight during the dark hours. A lot of research will yet have to be conducted, in order to explore the most efficient lighting, nourishment, and atmosphere, to maximise plant growth. When all is optimized, a 10 to 12-fold production yield might be achievable, with potentially 6 harvests per year.
Yes, we will build 6,000 new cities for a million people each, for free and place many of them afloat onto the oceans to service the new agriculture there, with the whole linked by floating bridges between the continents. And all of this too, will be in place in 30 years, driven by its own economics. Who would want to live in a flood bowl, operating fields that become frequently flooded out and often frozen over with flash frosts? Who would choose this precarious living when it can be easily avoided.
We live in an Ice Age World already, in many respects, and will make the best of it, and most likely do it better than we had done before.
The bottleneck of the Oroville flood crisis was evidently not at the dam site, since its discharge capacity had been underutilized. Nor was the State Levee system stressed to its limit, which had bees upgraded in 2015. The bottleneck appears to have been in the Non-State levees that had been filled to the brim. The Oroville crisis may have been a tight-rope walk of balancing the capacity of old infrastructures that used to be sufficient in the past, with the new world of a weaker Sun and larger floods. The crisis was solved by filling the 9 upstream reservoirs to the brim, and draining the lake as strongly as the weakest levees would handle the volume, and the storms easing off. The point is that while we have created amazing infrastructures and managements systems, the very best is evidently no longer good enough to meet the demands for the future, which requires a major rethinking of the entire issue of flood protection and agriculture in flood-bowl locations, which requires the rethinking of agriculture itself.
This means that we are existentially threatened by the Ice Age dynamics, before the Ice Age even begins. And this affects nearly all nations, especially the big food producing nations, such as the USA.
The California Central Valley is a natural flood bowl. If our best efforts are already stressed to the limits, what will the future bring in 30 years of the Sun getting weaker?
The Mississippi River basin is a gigantic natural flood bowl at 2,981,076 km2 in size. Can anyone imagine the consequences when the continuing weakening of the Sun, with the resulting increase in cosmic-ray flux over the next 30 years, causes flooding of epic proportions? The entire area from St. Louis to New Orleans may become a lake within a couple of weeks of heavy flooding of the gigantic catchments basin.
The contemplation of this potential, of biblical proportions, may cause society to fundamentally rethink the location of agriculture, and the location of its cities. Floating agriculture and floating cities may offer an attractive alternative in the not-so-distant future. In fact, should the potential be considered right now, it would start some major efforts in the next few years to develop alternatives that we can live with.
Mesopotamia, the biblical flood bowl, has a similar flooding potential as the Mississippi basin. The two major rivers flowing through Mesopotamia, the Euphrates and the Tigris, drain large areas of the Middle East into a low-elevation narrow bowl surrounded by mountains that has only a single out-flow through a narrow low-elevation gap.
Large volumes of solar cosmic-ray flux by a large solar event, potentially 8,000 years ago, may have caused an extensive flash flood event in this region at this time, drowning much of it beneath a shallow flood lake that may have taken weeks to drain away into the Persian Gulf.
Something big happened 8,200 years ago that had interrupted the up-ramping of the Sun for a brief period of possibly a couple of centuries.
The interference may have been similar in nature, only very much larger and longer extended, than what appears to have intruded into the domain of the Sun in 2014, captured by the SOHO satellite.
The biblical story of a large-scale flooding event, may have developed from this background, expanding as a tale told at firesides by a people searching for the roots of their existence, for millennia, till written languages were created.
The same flash-flood potential also exists for the Indus River basin, and also for the gigantic Ganges River basin that drains almost all of Northern India into the Bay of Bengal.
Large Areas of the vast Ganges River basin, all the way from Delhi to Calcutta, have the potential to become a flood lake in the not-so-distant future during major cosmic-ray events as the Sun is diminishing further and further towards its near phase shift to the low-energy state when the primer fields collapse that presently keep the Sun in its high-powered mode. The super-flooding events may be upon us in the 2040s, and may be of a magnitude that has never been seen before in all of recorded history, which is relatively brief in cosmic terms.
South America has the same flooding potential in the low-elevation regions of its three major river systems, especially that of the Amazon system that drains 7 million square kilometers of land.
Africa has likewise enormous flooding potentials in the Congo River Basin and along the Nile, as these gigantic rivers drain much of equatorial Africa.
The drive for economic survival will likely power the move to place evermore of the world's agriculture unto the sea, together with the endangered cities, for no other reason than to eliminate the need for flood control measures that may not be physically possible in many cases, and to have dependable freshwater supplies available where drought conditions are increasing at the same time. This will likely drive the redevelopment of the world onto the sea, and this well before the next Ice Age actually begins.
The Ice Age is essentially too far off the scale of historic experiences to impel the redevelopment of the world for its imperatives, but a potential for epic floods to happen sooner, in evermore cases, in biblical proportions and on a continental scale that endangers the world food supply, may have that potential to get the ball rolling for the needed transformation of the world that must be largely completed before the next Ice Age begins in the 2050s.
For this to work, the old imperial monetarist system will need to be scrapped and be replaced with some type of non-monetarist credit system that enables society to invest its creative and productive efforts as an investment into itself, which thereby gains its value.
Ironically, the Ice Age Challenge comes with a silver lining attached that will be our salvation. When the challenge is recognized and responded to, it will force humanity to scrap its doomsday machine that its nuclear war capability has become.It will force humanity to work together to solve the onrushing crisis that no nation, no matter how strong, can solve alone. The Ice Age Challenge forces us to work together, as one people, or no one can survive. On this path the nuclear war machine will be laid aside. Nothing has apparently worked to accomplish this for over 70 years, since the madness began. For 70 years, humanity has lived under this absolute terror threat of its own creation, which none of the participating nations had the courage to stop. The Ice Age challenge that now looms on the horizon may give us this courage, whereby we may live to see the new era unfolding.
We appear to be extremely fortunate that we are still alive today, considering the millions of things that can go wrong, which once they happen promise to end in the total annihilation of us all. Nuclear war is an incredibly dangerous gamble, with the living of humanity as a whole hanging on a fine thread that is fast getting thinner. A great danger exists on this front, that the USA may be coerced by political power plays to restart the nuclear arms race again in an insane quest to build itself the biggest nuclear arms stick in the world, which it once had.
The war terror poses such an immense threat against human living, that I had explored the dynamics of this danger in a novel that I had written during the height of the Cold War years when we had 65,000 nuclear bombs hanging over our head, by our own doing.
I had hoped against hope that time would dissolved the madness, but time itself doesn't heal anything. Something deeper is evidently needed that reaches deep into our very soul, and raises us up as human beings by the force of our humanity, to the point that we will lay the bombes aside. This hasn't happened yet, but the Ice Age Challenge may get us there. As it does, it opens up a portal to a future that outshines everything that we have ever achieved in the past. The Ice Age Challenge is of a magnitude that it dissolves all borders, all divisions, all believes and ushers in an era of truth where the petty small-minded notions of the past are left behind and be forgotten, that presently renders humanity an enemy against itself.
The near Ice Age Start-up with its increasing drought conditions and potential flooding events leading up to it, are so immense and so far beyond our historic experiences, that for the first time in human history we may feel impelled to raise ourselves up to meet the challenge that seems greater than us, and become more fully human and 'divine' as the tallest species of life on the Earth, with a potential future that promises to be brighter than the Sun itself, which we have the power to create, and most likely will create.
Herein we will find the greatest value of the Ice Age Challenge, which is a challenge to not merely seek survival by whatever means possible, but to find our survival in the advanced development of our humanity and its power and beauty and dignity, even while without these we cannot survive.
Our humanity is precious. It is the most precious gem on the Earth, the noblest creation of God, the tallest expression of life that ever came to be on this Earth, second to none by a long shot.
I would like to suggest that if we develop our humanity and let it be the driving factor on a platform of universal love, we cannot fail to win our freedom to live richly, productively, with fulfilling aspirations, and with this 'song' in the mind fulfill the Ice Age Challenge without effort along the way.
Universal love is a power that dissolves the barriers that stand in our way, as difficult as this may seem. In this context, freedom can no longer be defined as an unrestrained pursuit of will, but is defined by gaining the power to step beyond invalid barriers, such as the barriers against the good we have the potential to create, to nourish, and to experience, in ever-larger universal forms of expression.
The first 6 cover images of the series - large format
After my novel, Brighter than the Sun, I wrote the novel Discovering Love, which became the seed kernel for a series of 12 novels, carrying forward the exploration of the principle of universal love. It was a daring, pioneering venture into an uncharted world of a principle that was poorly understood and even denied and rejected, just as the Ice Age Challenge is presently poorly understood and is denied and rejected.
I would like to suggest that the Ice Age Challenge, for the immense scope of it, will ultimately not be met as a climate issue, or technical issue, or even an economic issue, even while the economics for meeting the challenge are largely on its side.
I would like to suggest that the Ice Age Challenge cannot be met on any lesser basis than the uplifted dignity of man, universally, in love unrestrained, reaching beyond division, overcoming isolation, uplifting sex, ennobling the race of humanity, blocking greed, reversing hate with truth, and banishing indifference with the honesty of universal love that is already native in the human heart.
The remaining cover images of the series, and of the two stand-alone novels
I would like to suggest that on the platform of universal love, a momentous phase shift can be achieved that uplifts the world, as unlikely as this may seem in the vastly divided modern world where spiritual issues are deemed to have no value, such as truth and honesty, including honesty with oneself.
I would like to suggest that a phase shift can be achieved towards us gaining our freedom from the world-imprisoning trap that has entangled our motives and aspirations with a multitude of small-minded issues that keep us locked into a confining box where little is real and powerful for elevating civilization.
I would like to suggest that there is a love possible that lifts the barriers from the heart, patiently, a love that is silently waiting, reaching for the sky - a love for one another that ushers in the coming human spring where mankind is afloat in a sea that is love.
I would like to suggest further that on this path our meeting of the Great Ice Age Challenge becomes a non-event. That it becomes as natural in the flow of this love as the rain in a parched land, and as fun as splashing through the puddles in spring. For this reason I have named the series of novels that explores the dynamics of universal love, in honour of its native place in the heart, The Lodging for the Rose.
I would like to suggest that when we begin to celebrate the wonders of our common humanity, the Ice Age Challenge will be met more rapidly and completely in the flow of it than we can yet imagine to be possible, and will be met with joy in the greatest renaissance of all times that we will then experience.
The large-format cover of the novel