As the population of Texas grows and demand for water increases, access to enough fresh drinking water will become a critical issue in many areas of the state. Yet, Texas has an abundance of brackish water. While this water source is too cloudy and salty to drink, it can be purified by desalination.
With an eye on the future, the Texas Water Development Board has approved up to $800,000 in gr ... read more >>
The people who use it say groundwater is sustainable, and now they've formed a national body to prove it. With representatives from all over Australia, the group wants more research done into the long-term survival of aquifers before extraction levels are cut. Richard Stott, from the Lower Murrumbidgee Groundwater Preservation Association, says a national body was needed to show that aquifers are ... read more >>
Even though California’s governor declared the state is in its second year of drought recently, water showed up on the council’s agenda in two different ways Tuesday night.
In an arguably ironic twist, the presence of groundwater close to the surface of the Logvy Park property has delayed the construction of the Calistoga Community Pool, according to Jim Smith, senior civil engineer for the Ci ... read more >>
Researchers have found that the growing use of groundwater in Iran has greatly depleted the nation's water supply and also has deformed land surfaces.
The international scientists found that decades of unrestrained groundwater extraction are linked to land surface deformation on local and regional scales. They made these findings using water level data and satellite radar observations.
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Huge reserves of underground water in some of the driest parts of Africa could provide a buffer against the effects of climate change for years to come, scientists have said. Researchers from the British Geological Survey and University College London have for the first time mapped the aquifers, or groundwater, across the continent and the amount they hold. "The largest groundwater volumes are fo ... read more >>
Experiments may dramatically underestimate how plants will respond to climate change in the future. That’s the conclusion of an analysis of 50 plant studies on four continents, published this week in an advance online issue of the journal Nature, which found that shifts in the timing of flowering and leafing in plants due to global warming appear to be much greater than estimated by warming exper ... read more >>
Even as global warming shrinks many of the world’s major ice sheets, new research suggest that the underlying topography can significantly influence how fast they retreat, and in some cases even halt temporarily during long phases of climate warming. The researchers reached their conclusions after studying the landscape of the seafloor in Marguerite Bay, in the Antarctic Peninsula. They saw that, ... read more >>
The first step of aquifer parameter and dependent variable estimation based on hydraulic modeling is generally to choose the best steady-state condition for the set time period. In order to define the best estimated hydraulic conductivity and boundary condition for Gareh-Bygone Plain in arid southern Iran, ten different steady-state conditions were simulated and calibrated with limited field obs ... read more >>
The Jeita Grotto is a system of two separate, but interconnected, karstic limestone caves spanning an overall length of nearly 9 kilometres (5.6 mi). Over the years, waster infiltration built-up an amazing salt crystals. The water coming out of this moutain provides drinking water for more than one million lebanese. ... read more >>