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Why are environmental scientists and the world more concerned with global warming than overdraft?

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Answer #1 | 19/12 2013 16:20
I grew up around the Oglala Sioux, ironically just north of the aquifer. It is easy for ranchers and farmers to put in a well and withdraw much of that water. It is shallow and easily accessible. It recharges as well but not as fast as it is being removed. Overdrawing groundwater is a bit like overdrawing your bank account (not quite like an overdraft). It doesn't hurt that much but you are going to have to do with less later or come up with other sources. Subsidence is something that happens naturally all over the world. Some places rise and some are subsiding. Some places like New Orleans are subsiding naturally but have increased the rate by removing groundwater (among other reasons). Sinkholes typically happen in periods of drought when water levels drop and cave like structures collapse due to less support. Frankly I am not too concerned about global warming or aquifer "overdraft".
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