Not A Drop To Drink: Our Shrinking Freshwater Supply

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October 29, 2013








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These aquifers are replenished by rainwater and runoff as they filter through soil layers. Groundwater aquifers naturally store about 99% of the earth’s liquid freshwater that is made accessible to humanity by wells and pumping (Jackson et al., 2001). In many regions, groundwater aquifers have been over-pumped due to agricultural and urban demands...
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Unfortunately, aquifers can become permanently damaged. In costal regions, over pumping can lead to saltwater intrusion as ocean water gets sucked into the vacuum created by receding groundwater. Also, the porous sand and gravel layer, which houses the groundwater, can become condensed from over pumping...
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