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Groundwater Development Paths in the US High Plains

Watering can spray

"The High Plains Aquifer is the largest aquifer in the United States and the major source of groundwater withdrawals in the region. Although regionally abundant, groundwater availability for agriculture and other uses is not uniform across the area... " – By Renata Rimšaitė and Nicholas Brozović

Infiltration of Water into Soil

Groundwater

"The infiltration of water into soil has profound importance as a central component of the hydrologic cycle and as the means of replenishing soil water that sustains terrestrial life..." – By John Nimmo and Rose Shillito

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