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Scientists Find Huge Undersea Freshwater Aquifer Below the Atlantic
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Scientists Find Huge Undersea Freshwater Aquifer Below the Atlantic

Scientists have identified signs of a huge aquifer off the U.S Northeast coast. The gigantic aquifer, made of relatively freshwater, is trapped in porous sediments lying below the ocean. The study suggests that other aquifers could be found in other regions worldwide, and could potentially be vital for arid areas that are in danger of running out of water.

In the survey of the sub-seafloor the researchers used electromagnetic waves to map the water, which remained invisible to other technologies.

“We knew there was fresh water down there in isolated places, but we did not know the extent or geometry,” said lead author Chloe Gustafson, a PhD. candidate at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. “It could turn out to be an important resource in other parts of the world.”

The study appears this week in the journal Scientific Reports.

Author: DelAgua

Publish Date: 01.07.2019

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