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Deep groundwater aquifers respond rapidly to climate variability

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February 8, 2017  Science Daily  full article here

Changes in climate can rapidly impact even the deepest freshwater aquifers according to hydrologists. The researchers found that responses to climate variations can be detected in deep groundwater aquifers faster than expected — in many cases within a year.

The researchers found that responses to climate variations can be detected in deep groundwater aquifers faster than expected — in many cases within a year. Because rain water may take years to reach deep aquifers through natural infiltration, the findings suggest another factor is involved, such as pumping of aquifers done by agricultural industries….

Tess A. Russo, Upmanu Lall. Depletion and response of deep groundwater to climate-induced pumping variability. Nature Geoscience, 2017; 10 (2): 105 DOI: 10.1038/ngeo2883

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