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Nasa Satellites Find Freshwater Losses in Middle East


Variations in total water storage

Variations in total water storage from normal, in millimeters, in the Tigris and Euphrates river basins, as measured by NASA's Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) satellites, from January 2003 through December 2009.

Credit: NASA/UC Irvine/NCAR

A new study using data from a pair of gravity-measuring NASA satellites finds that large parts of the arid Middle East region lost freshwater reserves rapidly during the past decade.

From Jet Propulsion Laboratory/NASA
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