Groundwater Vulnerability
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Groundwater Vulnerability

Test your knowledge on groundwater vulnerability and learn about the importance of protecting this vital natural resource. Explore the risks and factors that can impact groundwater quality and discover ways to ensure its long-term sustainability.

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Why is groundwater considered a vulnerable resource?

Groundwater is considered a vulnerable resource because it is not easily accessible for testing, regulating, and cleaning, and it can be easily polluted.

What percentage of Earth's population relies on groundwater for its needs?

Over 1/3 of Earth's population relies on groundwater for its needs.

What are some sources of groundwater pollution?

Groundwater pollution can come from sources such as fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, toxic chemicals from manufacturing industries, and leakage from underground storage tanks.

Why are nitrates from fertilizers particularly dangerous in drinking water?

<p>Nitrates from fertilizers are particularly dangerous in drinking water because they have been linked to various cancers, miscarriages, and birth defects.</p> Signup and view all the answers

What are some examples of substances that can leach into groundwater from improperly disposed manufacturing waste?

<p>Toxic chemicals from manufacturing waste, such as solvents, heavy metals, and organic compounds, can leach into groundwater if not properly disposed of.</p> Signup and view all the answers

What are the potential consequences of overdrawn groundwater?

<p>The potential consequences of overdrawn groundwater include depletion of water resources, intrusion of saltwater into aquifers, and subsidence.</p> Signup and view all the answers

Why is groundwater depleted faster than surface water?

<p>Groundwater is depleted faster than surface water because aquifers take a long time to refill, and water pumped from wells is removed at a fast rate without being returned to the same aquifer.</p> Signup and view all the answers

What is the similarity between aquifers and a bank account?

<p>Aquifers can be thought of as a bank account, where withdrawals (water pumped) should be covered by deposits (water replenishment). If withdrawals exceed deposits, the account (aquifer) balance becomes dangerously low.</p> Signup and view all the answers

What is subsidence and how does it relate to overdrawn groundwater?

<p>Subsidence is the sinking of land due to the removal of water from underground, similar to the deflation of an inflated balloon. Overdrawn groundwater can cause subsidence, leading to sinkholes, tilted buildings, and broken underground pipes.</p> Signup and view all the answers

Which city has experienced significant subsidence due to overdrawn groundwater?

<p>Mexico City has experienced significant subsidence, sinking more than 33 feet, as a result of overdrawn groundwater.</p> Signup and view all the answers

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