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Fundamentals of Physical Geography

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James Petersen
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James Petersen
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Under what circumstances might underground water decline in quantity and in quality?

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The circumstances under which the underground water decline in quantity and in quality.

Explanation

The groundwater makes up 90% of the freshwater available for human use. However, due to increase in the human population and their needs, fresh water is exploited largely. In the past 100 years, the usage of fresh water has increased twice as fast as the population.

In the areas with limited groundwater supply or many wells, the rate of groundwater removal exceeds the rate of its natural replenishment. In some environments where there is high demand of groundwater, extensive pumping led to the sinking of the land called subsidence, which occurs as a result of compaction related to the water withdrawal.

Ground water percolates down by a considerable amount of soil and rock...

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