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Some groundwater resources near major river deltas could run dry in the next 200 years

From the Mississippi to the Niger, river deltas have long drawn people and industry, both with a seemingly unquenchable thirst for fresh water. Much of that water is drawn from underground aquifers deep beneath the sprawling delta systems. But for how much longer? Using computer models to assess these groundwater resources, a new analysis warns they are being depleted—and that several could run dry within 200 years.

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