Sustaining Groundwater Resources: A Critical Element in the Global Water Crisis by J. Anthony A. JonesSustaining Groundwater Resources: A Critical Element in the Global Water Crisis by J. Anthony A. Jones

Sustaining Groundwater Resources: A Critical Element in the Global Water Crisis

EditorJ. Anthony A. Jones

Hardcover | July 21, 2011

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Burgeoning population and climate change are among the most critical challenges facing the 21st century. Both have critical implications for groundwater resources, especially in many developing countries where resources are already under pressure. Due to low rainfall and high evaporation in parts of the Middle East and North Africa, groundwater is not being renewed, and groundwater laid down up to 10,000 years ago is literally being mined for irrigation, often very inefficiently. Over recent decades, groundwater levels have fallen dramatically in key grain-growing regions like the American Great Plains and the North China Plain. As the population grows and emerging economies like China and India demand more food, especially water intensive meat products, agricultural demand for water is set to increase. The rapid shift of population from the countryside to the cities is also adding to this pressure; most old wells in Beijing are now dry. Pollution from industry, agriculture and shanty towns is destroying many groundwater resources; some could take 50 years to clean up even with strict and immediate controls.This volume looks at the technical, socio-economic and political problems being faced, and at the developments in groundwater science and management that may help create a sustainable future for our planet.
Title:Sustaining Groundwater Resources: A Critical Element in the Global Water CrisisFormat:HardcoverDimensions:250 pagesPublished:July 21, 2011Publisher:Springer NetherlandsLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Groundwater in PerilGroundwater and Health: Meeting Unmet Needs in Sub-Saharan AfricaKarst, Uranium, Gold and Water - Lessons from South Africa for Reconciling Mining Activities and Sustainable Water Use in Semi-arid Karst Areas: A Case StudyArsenic Distribution and Geochemistry in Island Groundwater of the Okavango Delta in BotswanaSustainability of Groundwater Resources in the North China PlainGroundwater Management in a Land Subsidence AreaClimate Change and GroundwaterLinking Runoff to Groundwater in Permafrost TerrainGeography of the World's Groundwater: A Hierarchical Approach to Scale-Dependent ZoningWHYMAP and the Groundwater Resources Map of the World 1:25,000,000Overview of a Multifaceted Research Program in Bénin, West Africa: An International Year of Planet Earth Groundwater ProjectGroundwater Artificial Recharge Solutions for Integrated Management of Watersheds and Aquifer Systems Under Extreme Drought ScenariosGroundwater in the 21st Century - Meeting the ChallengesIndex