Water is becoming scarce and the demand of irrigation to increase crop yields in the Midwest is taxing one of the largest sources of ground water, the High Plains Aquifer. States such as Kansas now look to alternative agriculture to help address the dwindling water supply. Nebraska ranks first in the nation for irrigated acres from groundwater. Agriculture accounts for 70% of the ground water consumption. This raises the concern of how long can the ground water supply sustain the demand from agriculture and communities?
This lighthearted animation takes us beneath the surface to see groundwater in action. Watch anthropomorphized drops of groundwater travel through this system. A smiling character with a shovel digs us down to the water table, allowing us to flow through the water cycle and thus making the process much easier to understand.
Bottled water costs more than you think! See the comparison of a gallon of gas to a bottle of spring water. This slideshow visually compares the costs of bottled water to tap water. The up-front bottle costs run high, but the post-costs to the environment are even more expensive.
Aquifers are bodies of saturated rock and sediment through which water can move, and they provide 99% of our groundwater. Humans rely on aquifers for most of our drinking water. However, we are not only depleting this supply but are its biggest polluters as well. This infographic provides facts and illustrations to explain the process.
This Groundwater Game tests your knowledge of major terms used to describe parts of the aquifer systems, from groundwater to permeability to saturated zone. Drag and drop the correct term into a sentence to make it accurate and to match the illustration. Can you score 12 out of 12?