One of the largest fresh water reserves discovered in the United States
In 1970, during a search of fossil fuels under the Atlantic Ocean, oil companies often ran into fresh water. These findings hinted that somewhere under the salty water there is the so-called aquifer, which in the future could become a huge source of drinking water. Until now, scientists did not have accurate data on the size of hidden underground water reserves, but after ten years of research, the secret is finally revealed - aquifer extends along most of the north-east coast of the United States.
The discovery was made thanks to a team of researchers led by marine geologist Chloe Gustafson. The study was launched in 2015 - scientists have scanned the New Jersey coast and the island of Martha's Vineyard using electromagnetic receiver Marcus G. Langseth vessel. Create location map water helped a large electric conductivity of salt water, unlike fresh.
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It turned out that the supply of fresh water stretching from Massachusetts to New Jersey, and Delaware affect, New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island. With a 350-kilometer length, the reservoir comprises 2, 8 thousand cubic kilometers of salted water. The presence of salt is particularly noticeable on top, closer to the ocean floor - before the use of such water, it is necessary to desalinate. Groundwater reserves were formed 15-20 million years ago, during the melting of glaciers, as well as tidal current underwater sources. Their area can be greater - hidden fresh water can accumulate in the north-eastern Atlantic continental shelf of the United States. If this is true, then scientists discovered the largest known aquifer in the world.
area with water reserves highlighted yellow
Such storage may exist throughout the world - at this point, people just have not found them. For example, one day they can be found under such hot and dry in places like California and Australia. In the future, the discovery scientists can solve the problem of shortage of fresh water.
To "water" also we encourage you to read our article on the new water purification method using carbon dioxide bubbles. It is cheaper, easier and simply more interesting than boiling and disinfection by ultraviolet rays.
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