1/3 of world's major aquifers are being sucked dry, NASA data shows

June 17, 2015 11:16 PM

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1/3 of world's major aquifers are being sucked dry, NASA data shows

Human water use is sucking dry around a third of the world's largest underground water basins at an alarming rate, with potentially risky consequences for farmers and other consumers, researchers said.

Eight of the planet's 37 biggest aquifers are classified as "overstressed" because they have almost no new water flowing in to offset usage, according to two studies from the University of California based on NASA satellite data.

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