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NASA Reveals India's Groundwater Depletion Worst In The World

India depends heavily on the Indus Basin but has no measures to offset its usage.
NASA's Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) satellites have revealed that the Indus Basin aquifer, a source of fresh water for millions of people across India and Pakistan, is the second-most overstressed on the planet, with no counter measures natural replenishment to offset usage, says a report in Deccan Herald.

According to the data from the GRACE satellites, one-third of the world's largest groundwater basins are being rapidly depleted—and the most overburdened aquifers are in the world's driest areas, where populations draw heavily on underground water. Climate change and population growth are expected to intensify the problem, the researchers warned.

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