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Ground water in some areas could be depleted by 2050: study


December 21, 2016
By Ground Water Canada

Utrecht, Netherlands – Ground water in parts of India, southern Europe and the United States is at risk of depletion because of human consumption, research from Utrecht University and the Colorado School of Mines indicates.

According to the the study’s abstract, ground water is the largest accessible fresh water resource worldwide and is of critical importance for irrigation, and so for global food security. “For many regions of the world where ground water abstraction exceeds ground water recharge, persistent ground water depletion occurs. A direct consequence of depletion is falling ground water levels, reducing baseflows to rivers and harming ecosystems,” the abstract says.

Read the full abstract here.

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