Natural Boron Contamination in Mediterranean Groundwater
More than 10 percent of water resources in the Mediterranean basin have boron levels that exceed E.U. standards for drinking water. Understanding the source of the problem will help countries better manage their groundwater and, in some cases, overcome conflict.
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Hijacking the Rio Grande: Aquifer Mining in An Arid River Basin
In Albuquerque, N.M., increased development is sucking up the region's scarce groundwater, leaving communities to vie for precious water rights.
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Western Aquifers Under Stress
Throughout the United States, people are increasingly turning to groundwater resources. Nowhere is that more true than in the West, where aquifers are rapidly dwindling.
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Groundwater aquifers are an important source of drinking and irrigation water around the world — particularly in the desert. Here, Zheng-Tian Lu, a physicist at Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois, inspects an artesian well at Farafra Oasis, in the Western Desert of Egypt. Lu led a team that dated the oldest water in the Nubian aquifer, a vast expanse of groundwater below the Sahara Desert. See story and features for more about groundwater investigations throughout the Middle East and the western United States (to be posted later this month).

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