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A staggering store of water is revealed in Earth’s crust

Close up of people collecting water from a ground-water pump in India

People gather at a pump in India to collect groundwater. Accessible, fresh water makes up only a fraction of the water in Earth’s crust. Credit: Jack Laurenson/Lnp/Shutterstock

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Nature 596, 465 (2021)




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