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Indo-Gangetic groundwater threat

Increasing groundwater extraction supports hundreds of millions of people across the Indo-Gangetic Basin. Data suggests that despite the increase in withdrawals, groundwater depletion is localized and the most widespread threat is contamination.

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Figure 1: An irrigation canal in Punjab, Pakistan.

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Fendorf, S., Benner, S. Indo-Gangetic groundwater threat. Nature Geosci 9, 732–733 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1038/ngeo2804

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