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Irrigation And The San Andreas

In perhaps an interesting bit of news tangentially applicable to farming in California, a new study has shown that irrigation based on aquifer reserves per se, can lead to some adjustments in the tensions bearing upon the San Andreas fault.



From the above cited article per se, one may find that it's not exactly catastrophic per se, but perhaps according to physical logic, underground water usage, changes the dynamics of the landscape per se particularly around the sleeping alligator that is the San Andreas fault.


It seems that just as fracking, and the inherent forcing of liquids into the earth's crust destabilizes the local tectonic scene per se, so does withdrawing liquid from within its earthy embrace. According to the data compiled by researchers per se, as mentioned in the above article, it seems that as water is withdrawn from Californian aquifers, that this sort of changes the load if one will upon the local tectonic plates. Hence, just as one's footsteps in an old house may lead to "seismic"-creaking per se, depending on one's beam situation, so may aquifer-volume-load related pressures, lead to sort of mini-earthquakes in the areas around the San Andreas fault, or at least the increased potential for said little earthquakes if one will.


How might this effect farming one may wonder. Well, at first glance it would seem as though mini-earthquakes in and of themselves, are not a tremendous threat to farming activities per se. However, if enough mini-earthquakes are to destabilize a local hill or cliff-side if applicable, this may perhaps lead to increased potential for mudslides-and hence the sort of uprooting/burying if one will of crops etc. The increased density of plants per square foot inherent to large scale commercial farming per se, may also increase the damage potential from this sort of event, relative to a mud-slide in a personal or more "casual" sort of farm per se.


All in all, perhaps if farmers in the California/San Andreas fault region are concerned by these new not so harrowing findings, perhaps an appropriate response would entail something like building some sort of moat, or wall, against any side of their property facing any of these potentially destabilized cliff-faces or hill-sides per se, or perhaps "shoring up" if one will, any inclines or declines on the property in question using whatever sort of means seems appropriate.


All things considered perhaps its isn't exactly a really worrying phenomenon, nor an unexpected one, but perhaps in the spirit of thorough due diligence per se, it is none the less perhaps a phenomenon local farmland investors/speculators/farmers may want to at least be vaguely mindful of, particularly in this drought situation in California, where presumably there is more aquifer tapping than usual per se.


Either way, perhaps a tasty dish involving some palate satisfying California produce is all that's needed to put one's mind at ease, and hopefully everyone's investments are going sweetly, like some sort of California plum related dish, and as smoothly as a Napa-valley Cabernet Sauvignon(a smooth Napa, CS; pages/industry-wine-list).


Thanks again for reading.