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NASA: Alarming Water Loss in Middle East

February 13, 2013

Full Article at http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2013/02/12/world/middleeast/ap-ml-middle-east-vanishing-water.html?hp&_r=1&

An amount of freshwater almost the size of the Dead Sea has been lost in parts of the Middle East due to poor management, increased demands for groundwater and the effects of a 2007 drought, according to a NASA study.

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Researchers found freshwater reserves in parts of Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran along the Tigris and Euphrates river basins had lost 117 million acre feet (144 cubic kilometers) of its total stored freshwater, the second fastest loss of groundwater storage loss after India.

About 60 percent of the loss resulted from pumping underground reservoirs for ground water, including 1,000 wells in Iraq, and another fifth was due to impacts of the drought including declining snow packs and soil drying up. Loss of surface water from lakes and reservoirs accounted for about another fifth of the decline, the study found.

Full Article at http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2013/02/12/world/middleeast/ap-ml-middle-east-vanishing-water.html?hp&_r=1&

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    May 11, 2013 2:57 pm

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