Great Man-Made River Project

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The Great Man-Made River Project is a network of pipes that supplies water to the Sahara in Libya, from the Nubian Sandstone Aquifer System fossil aquifer. It is the world's largest irrigation project.[1]

According to its website, it is the largest underground network of pipes[2] and aqueducts in the world. It consists of more than 1,300 wells, most more than 500 m deep, and supplies 6,500,000 m3 of fresh water per day to the cities of Tripoli, Benghazi, Sirte and elsewhere.[3]

The late Libyan Leader Muammar Gaddafi described it as the "Eighth Wonder of the World".[4]


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  1. "Guinness World Records 2008 Book" ISBN 978-1-904994-18-3
  2. Keys, D., 2011, Libya Tale of Two Fundamentally Different Cities, BBC Knowledge Asia Edition, Vol.3 Issue 7
  3. "Water-Technology"
  4. "NATO bombs the Great Man-Made River"
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