Full Extent of Africa’s Groundwater Resources Visualized for the First Time
by Stuart Kent, New Security Beat, Woodrow Wilson Center, May 28, 2012
“In Africa, groundwater is the major source of drinking water and its use for irrigation is forecast to increase substantially to combat growing food insecurity,” yet, a lack of quantitative data has meant that “groundwater storage is consequently omitted from assessments of freshwater availability,” according to new research in Environmental Research Letters. The authors of “Quantitative Maps of Groundwater Resources in Africa,” Alan Macdonald, Helen Bonsor, and Brighid Dochartaigh of the British Geological Survey, and Richard Taylor of University College London, used estimates compiled from geologic data and 283 aquifer summaries from 152 different publications to quantitatively visualize, for the first time, the extent of Africa’s groundwater resources. …
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