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Scientists Map Africa’s Groundwater Recharge for the First Time

The majority of people in rural Africa and a large proportion in its urban areas rely on groundwater for drinking, hygiene, and development. The rate at which groundwater is replenished is often unknown making regional water security difficult to assess. A recent study showing the continent’s groundwater recharge rates may help policymakers decide how much water can be drawn from aquifers without causing substantial depletion and impact on the environment.

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