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Groundwater and its susceptibility to degradation: A global assessment of the problem and options for management DLESE Reviewed Collection
This publication provides an overview of groundwater occurrence and of the main issues affecting its quantity and quality. It shows how the resource is used in our cities, in industry and mining, in agriculture and rural water supply; how it sustains many of our wetlands; how in its own undramatic way groundwater has become an integral part of billions of people's lives. Numerous examples illustrate the consequent resource management issues and underline the need for active management, not development by default. This review is intended for planners and other decision-makers at national/provincial government level and for the general reader.
Intended for grade levels:
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
Type of resource:
  • Text:
    • Report
  • Environmental science
  • Hydrology
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright 2001 UNEP-DEWA.
DLESE Catalog ID: DWEL-000-000-000-340
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 9-12:
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Environmental quality
        • Natural and human-induced hazards
        • Natural resources
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: Mr Ashbindu SINGH
Division of Early Warning and Assessment, United Nations Environment Programme