Most detailed maps yet of Africa's groundwater

Researchers say they have created the most detailed map yet of groundwater across the entire continent of Africa. A group from the U.K. said they believe there is about 100 times the volume of water underground than there is on the surface of Africa. The team wrote in the journal Environmental Research Letters that they hope their map can improve access to water in Africa, where 300 million people are said to not have access to safe drinking water. Helen Bonsor, one of the authors of the paper, told BBC News that she hopes that the new maps will open people's eyes to the potential of having drinking water for people in Africa. However, the researchers warn that areas with large amounts of water underground will not be found using a scattergun approach. They said that more careful and exploratory approach will be necessarily in order tap the groundwater below the surface of Africa. The researchers, from the British Geological Survey and University College London, say that many populated areas in Africa could u

Most detailed maps yet of Africa's groundwater

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Massive underground reserves of water found in Africa

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Sat 21 Apr 12 from Daily Mail

Africa said rich in underground water

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Fri 20 Apr 12 from UPI

Most detailed maps yet of Africa's groundwater shows scattergun approach to borehole drilling likely to be unsuccessful

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100 Times More Groundwater In Africa Than Surface Water

Researchers say they have created the most detailed map yet of groundwater across the entire continent of Africa. A group from the U.K. said they believe there is about 100 times the volume ...

Sat 21 Apr 12 from RedOrbit

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