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Pat Shingleton: "Depleting the Source"

2 years 6 months 6 days ago Monday, March 16 2015 Mar 16, 2015 March 16, 2015 3:00 AM March 16, 2015 in Pat Shingleton Column
Source: WBRZ Weather Center
By: Pat Shingleton

Earth Gauge posted a report that is of interest to us. Around the world, humans extract one-third of fresh water from underground sources which translates to 36 percent of domestic water and 42 percent of agricultural water. Industrial water draws 27 percent. A we are accustomed to in South Louisiana, "aquifers" haven't accumulated deposits of water for thousands of years. The reason is that because the rate of new soil water accumulation only represents a small fraction of Earth's total ground water storage. These extractions of "fossil water" is occurring quicker than natural restorations. Scientists concur that a principal component of any localized climate is the "recharge" rate that varies with the global distribution of precipitation. Additional research points to less snow accumulation, earlier snow melts, and more winter rainfall events. Droughts cause irrigation systems to transfer from renewable surface waters to non-renewable fossil water. The largest reservoir in the United States, Lake Mead has been depleted for farm use.

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