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Northern India's Groundwater Is Going, Going, Going …

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Science  14 Aug 2009:
Vol. 325, Issue 5942, pp. 798
DOI: 10.1126/science.325_798

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Satellite remote sensing of a 2000-kilometer swath running from eastern Pakistan across northern India and into Bangladesh has for the first time put a solid number on how quickly the region is depleting its groundwater: 54 cubic kilometers of groundwater are being lost per year from the world's most intensively irrigated region hosting 600 million people, according to a study in press. Another paper published this week has reached similar conclusions.