NEWS AND NOTES SATELLITE S MONITO R DEPLETING Space Flight Center, lead author the data indicate the influence of GROUNDWATE R IN INDIA of the study. So the scientists set human s as the issue. In northern India, hydrologists t o work analyzing six years of Wit h groundwater providing have found that the groundwater monthl y data for norther n India nearly 80% of th e water necessary has been receding by almos t a foo t fro m th e GRACE satellites to pro- for irrigated agriculture, the scien- a year, and the evidence points to duce a chronolog y of underground tists hope the data can be utilized water storage changes. huma n consumption as th e cause. to create a viable solution to the Th e new study, appearing in an Th e data indicated that more problem . (SOURCE: University of August issue of Nature, used twin tha n 26 cubic miles of groundwa- California—Irvine) satellites called GRACE (NASA's ter disappeared from the region's Gravit y Recovery and Climate aquifers between 2002 and 2008. CAPTURIN G A GIGANTI C "JET" Experiment) to collect the data. Th e satellites work by detect- A photograph caught
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