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America's breadbasket aquifer running dry; massive agriculture collapse inevitable

America's breadbasket aquifer running dry; massive agriculture collapse inevitable | Aquifers in the U.S. | Scoop.it

This article describes the Ogallala Aquifer that starts in South Dakota and reaches as far as Texas. It explains our country’s agricultural dependence on the aquifer, as well as the long term and short term consequences of this dependence. The aquifer cannot maintain the amount used, due to its inability to recharge such large scale consumption causing depletion in the amount of water in the aquifer. While this depletion may seem to have no significant consequences, the impact it is having globally as well as nationally will soon catch up to us.

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My scoop on Aquifers in the US

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In the U.S. many aquifers are struggling to keep up with our human needs for water. Water withdrawal is overpowering the reate of recharge int the Ogallala Aquifer and many others in the U.S.. The Great Plains region could not have enought water to satisfy their needs.


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Aquifers and Groundwater, from USGS Water-Science School

Aquifers and Groundwater, from USGS Water-Science School | Aquifers in the U.S. | Scoop.it

Aquifers are huge storehouses of groundwater. There are two types of aquifers a confined aquifer which is covered by an impermeable layer of rock and an unconfined aquifer which is covered by an impermeable layer of rock and an unconfined aquifer which is covered by a permeable layer or is surface water. You can drill into an aquifer to make a well. However you must be aware of how fast you pump out water compare to how fast it recharges. Aquifers are recharged by precipitation and if you pump faster than the quifer is recharged then a cone of depression will form, the water table is lowered, and your well will run dry.

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