Hoosier8.... I was so impressed by this reply that I quoted you over here: http://www.politicalforum.com/showthread.php?t=300460&page=6&p=1065759058#post1065759058 The Sahara Forest Project...and saving New Orleans and Florida from rising oceans! .......... I heard a little about this from a Grade 12 Geology teacher......... I know very little about this....... but it is obvious that this must be taken into consideration when large scale desalination of ocean water for reforestation is attempted. Bamboo has a lot of potential for projects like this. I have read that some species of bamboo develop a massive root structure for perhaps five years even before they show any amount of above ground growth. But..... when they do shoot up........ it is FAST! Apparently China uses mostly bamboo for its "Green Wall of China" program which is their attempt to limit the spread of the Gobi desert.