Dr. Masaru Emoto, best known for his experiments into the effects of human consciousness on the formation of water crystals, has written several books on the amazing properties and behavior of water when interacting with human body mind and spirit.
In The Secret Life of Water published in 2005, Dr. Emoto describes the unexpected effects of damming or altering the flow of rivers on the surrounding geography and biosphere, and also on the larger living planetary organism. It would seem that water is to earth as blood is to animals, and a rivers course not random, but carefully selected, not unlike the trunks and branches of our own delicate arterial systems.
“Let Water Flow – Much of human history has been set along the banks of rivers. The great cultural hearths of civilization have all developed along the banks of rivers – the Nile, the Tigris and Euphrates, the Indus, and the Yellow River. And whereever explorers have traveled, they searched for water along the way.
From the days of the horse-drawn carriage to the automobile, rivers have observed the workings of our race. Today people continue to walk along the banks of rivers, talking with friends, looking at the flowing water, and speaking their hopes and dreams.
But now armed with technology and knowledge, we work to change the very flow of water under the belief that the result will yield great benefits for humankind. And we have succeeded. Or so it would seem.
In 1971, construction on the Nile River of the Aswan High Dam, 3.6 kilometers across and 110 meters high, was completed. Its construction had required the relocation of the enormous and ancient temple of Abu Simbel, along with 100,000 people who lvied in the area. The completion was met with cheers of joy. Mankind had finally conquered the Nile, putting an end to a long history of flooding while also producing enough electricity for a quarter of Egypt’s population.
But gradually it became clear what the river really had provided. After being damned, the Nile was no longer capable of nourishing the once-fertile farmland at the delta. Irrigation systems were implemented, and for the first time chemical fertilizers were used. Irrigation raised the salt density and deteriorated the quality of the topsoil. Puddles and pools of water formed on the delta, becoming a breeding ground for harmful infects and causing great harm to nearby residents. The delta plain itself has even started to sink. Scientists soon noticed that the fish population in the dam was becoming infected with mercury as the water from the mountain valleys drained into the dam. Plant life buried by the dam became the perfect breeding ground for bacteria; as this bacteria absorbed the mercury in the ground, it became a highly toxic bacteria containing methylmercury. The density in the ecosystem steadily rose until it entered the bodies of fish in alarming amounts.
The annual flooding of the Nile may have made life along it’s shores difficult for humans, but it was an integral part of the life cycle for many other creatures. The dam squelched the vast ecosystem that nature had taken thousands of years to form.
Similar effects are seen in other parts of the world when rivers are dammed. In Canada, high levels of mercury have been found in hair samples of the Cree Indians living around the James Bay and Peace River since the lake where they fished was dammed up to make a resevoir for generating electricity. This same phenomenon can be seen in other parts of Canada as well.