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Warning on groundwater flooding risks in China’s karst regions

Karst regions, which cover about 15% of the Earth’s land surface, provide freshwater for about a quarter of the world’s population. Despite their importance, these areas are prone to frequent and often unnoticed groundwater flooding. These hidden floods pose significant risks, yet they have historically been neglected by the public, scientists, and policymakers, revealing a significant gap in environmental management.

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