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2010-06-16 23:09:42

In the next 50 years, it is estimated that drinking water needs in the Kabul Basin of Afghanistan may increase sixfold due to population increases resulting from returning refugees. It is also likely that future water resources in the Kabul Basin will be reduced as a result of increasing air temperatures associated with global climate change. These are the findings of a new study conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey. The study estimates that at least 60 percent of shallow...

2010-06-14 15:00:29

Research finds little to no transport of microbes from cow pastures into groundwater Concern about microbial contamination of groundwater from foraging dairy cows has increased as spray irrigation practices in New Zealand have increased over the years. Bacteria capable of living in both animals and humans are commonly found in cow manure. Addressing the lack of research on the topic, a team of New Zealand researchers studied the transport of microbes from two spray irrigated dairy pastures...

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2010-06-04 07:10:00

Every minute, 10,000 gallons of water mysteriously gush out of the desert floor at a place called Ash Meadows, an oasis that is home to 24 plant and animal species found nowhere else in the world. A new Brigham Young University study indicates that the water arriving at Ash Meadows is completing a 15,000-year journey, flowing slowly underground from what is now the Nevada Test Site. The U.S. government tested nuclear bombs there for four decades, and a crack in the Earth's crust known as the...

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2010-06-02 07:50:00

Over 100 million people in rural southern Asia are exposed every day to unsafe levels of arsenic from the well-water they drink. It more than doubles their risks for cancer, causes cardiovascular disease, and inhibits the mental development of children, among other serious effects. The World Health Organization (WHO) has referred to the situation in Bangladesh, where an estimated 60 million people are affected, as "the largest mass poisoning of a population in history." In the May 28 issue of...

2010-05-27 17:35:23

An estimated 60 million people in Bangladesh are exposed to unsafe levels of arsenic in their drinking water, dramatically raising their risk for cancer and other serious diseases, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Because most of the contaminated water is near the surface, many people in Bangladesh have installed deep wells to tap into groundwater that's relatively free of arsenic. In recent years, farmers have begun using the deep, uncontaminated aquifers for irrigation...

2010-04-30 17:58:00

SURPRISE, Ariz., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Arizona American Water president Paul Townsley and Director of Arizona Department of Environmental Quality Ben Grumbles, both members of the Governor's Blue Ribbon Panel on Water Sustainability, celebrated the Grand Opening of the White Tanks Regional Water Treatment Facility today. "In many parts of the world, nature adequately replenishes groundwater each year," Townsley said. "However, here in the desert, nature is not able to replenish...

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2010-04-25 08:37:04

Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists are helping U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) experts model the movement of radioactive materials in the soil. Their findings can be used to fine-tune the risk assessment studies that are an essential component in the development of commercial nuclear facilities. Soil scientists Yakov Pachepsky, Timothy Gish and Andrey Guber all work in the ARS Animal and Natural Resources Institute in Beltsville, Md. The team set up their study at the...

2010-04-12 17:16:00

SAN JOSE, Calif., April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS® supports efforts to replenish the groundwater basin and ensure safe drinking water by supporting the groundwater production fee the Santa Clara Valley Water District proposes. For the year 2010 - 2011, the water district has not raised the fee for a third year in a row. The agency is conducting a public review process to set the charge. The fee applies to well owners and businesses...

2010-04-11 14:50:00

DENVER, April 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ARCADIS (EURONEXT: ARCAD), the international design, consulting, engineering and management services company, announced today eight of its industry experts will play a significant role in this year's National Ground Water Association (NGWA) Summit on "Groundwater for a Thirsty World," April 11-15, in Denver. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20100125/LA43570LOGO) "The opportunity to share our knowledge and world-class expertise in...

2010-03-29 10:00:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., March 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The month of April is known for rain showers, but a new Pennsylvania Geological Survey report says that the state's groundwater actually recharges the most during March. The report, "Summary of Groundwater-Recharge Estimates for Pennsylvania," was done in cooperation with the U.S. Geological Survey and is available on the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources' Web site at www.dcnr.state.pa.us/topogeo/. "This report is a...


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Water Pollution
2013-03-25 12:43:15

Water pollution is the contamination of bodies of water including rivers, oceans, lakes, aquifers and groundwater. Water pollution is when pollutants are discharged directly or indirectly into a body of water without adequate treatment to remove harmful compounds. Water pollution affects the plants and organisms that reside in these bodies of water. In almost all of the cases the effect is damaging not only to individual species and populations, but to the natural biological communities as...

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2009-07-06 17:58:20

The water cycle (or hydrologic cycle) describes the continuous movement of water above, below, and on the planet. Since the water cycle is in fact a "cycle", there is no beginning or end. Water exists in three states: liquid, vapor, and ice. Although the balance of water on our planet is fairly constant, individual water molecules may come and go. The water cycle is driven by the sun. The sun heats the oceans and allows water to evaporate into the air. The sun also heats snow and ice which...

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  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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