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  • We pump too much water out of the ground—and that’s killing our rivers

    There’s more fresh water hidden below Earth’s surface in underground aquifers than any other source besides the ice sheets. That groundwater plays a critical role for rivers worldwide. But in recent decades humans have pumped trillions of gallons out of those underground reservoirs, resulting in a “slow desiccation” of thousands of... read more...

  • Researchers find antibiotic resistant genes prevalent in groundwater

    New and emerging contaminants like antibiotic resistant genes (ARGs) pose a potential hazard to public safety and water security. One concern is the spread of ARGs through water systems, including groundwater, and an increase in development of antibiotic-resistant super bugs. Find out more https://phys.org/news/2019-10-antibiotic-resistant-genes-prevalent-groundwater.html read more...

  • Download digital country hydrogeology maps of Africa: new content in the Africa Groundwater Atlas

    From 23–27 September 2019, UPGro and the British Geological Survey (BGS) are at the IAH 2019 Congress in Malaga, Spain, to announce new content in the Africa Groundwater Atlas, including the release of digital, GIS-enabled national scale hydrogeology maps for 38 African countries. At the IAH Congress we are hosting... read more...

  • Life-Forms Found Deep in World’s Oldest Groundwater

    Deep in the depths of Canada’s Kidd Mine, researchers have stumbled on a strange life-form. These bacteria live 2.4 kilometers below the surface, in perpetual darkness and in the world’s oldest groundwater. Find out more https://interestingengineering.com/life-forms-found-deep-in-worlds-oldest-groundwater read more...

  • Groundwater contamination by plastic microfibers

    Few studies of microplastic occurrence in groundwater have been published but recently the presence of microscopic plastic fibers in tap water from underground sources has been reported. Addressing the potential extent of groundwater contamination by plastic microfibers is now a real challenge for the international hydrogeological community to address. Find... read more...

  • Groundwater – Critical for Sustainable Development

    An infographic entitled “Groundwater – Critical for Sustainable Development”, which illustrates a timeline of groundwater use throughout history and projected outcomes of continued groundwater abstraction was launched during the 2nd Southern African Development Community – Groundwater Management Institute (SADC-GMI) conference in Johannesburg, South Africa. The graphic can be used as... read more...

  • Qatar’s agriculture push risks further groundwater depletion

    Qatar was recently ranked as the most water-stressed country in the world. Rainfall is unpredictable and erratic and there are no permanent rivers. With a 400% increase in local agricultural production, Qatar now withdraws nearly four times as much water from its aquifers than is replenished by rainfall each year.... read more...

  • Could waterflooding for oil and gas extraction put groundwater at risk?

    A University of Saskatchewan researcher says that waterflooding, a form of oil extraction being encouraged by the Saskatchewan government, needs more research and monitoring to avoid potential long-term contamination of drinking water in the province. Find out more https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/groundwater-waterflooding-oil-gas-drinking-water-supply-contamination-saskatchewan-research-1.5255237 read more...

  • Galilee earthquake swarms caused by increased groundwater extraction

    Two recent earthquake swarms affecting the Galilee were likely caused by the accelerated extraction of groundwater from aquifers around the Sea of Galilee, a new study has revealed. Find out more https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Galilee-earthquake-swarms-caused-by-increased-groundwater-extraction-599147 read more...

  • Earthquakes Shake Up Groundwater Systems

    After an earthquake, regional stream flows will sometimes increase as groundwater is released from aquifers. A new study looks at the effect of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake in Japan on groundwater systems in China and sheds light on how the Earth’s subsurface can be affected by large earthquakes. Find out... read more...

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