Many of Earth’s groundwater basins run deficits

Consumption exceeds replenishment for majority of largest aquifers

DRYING OUT  Twenty-one of Earth’s 37 largest aquifers are dwindling, satellite data show. Redder regions represent overstressed aquifers that lose more water each year than they take in.

UC Irvine, NASA

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