US West is Losing Aquifer

In Inevitable, the near future country is dealing with a problem in which the arid west has been lost due to a lack of water.  I wrote about this because it is a present day challenge.

The Weather Channel has produced NASA imagery literally showing the land drying up above an aquifer.  

Thanks in part to all of the stunning imagery coming out of the drought-plagued West, it’s easy to see the rapid decline of the region’s water supply in motion. But according to a new study from scientists at NASA and the University of California, Irvine, the loss of water you can’t see is actually happening at a much more rapid and dire pace than that of the water you can see, leading scientists to declare that the West’s water supply may be under threat.

The study found that over the last 10 years, 75 percent of all water loss — some 41 million acre feet of freshwater — in the Colorado River Basin came from vital underground groundwater resources. And that’s important, because as NASA notes, the Colorado River provides 40 million people in seven states in the southwestern United States with drinking water.

It might not be Inevitable yet, but it may be soon…


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