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“The Race for Groundwater: A Shrinking Resource” Lecture at Magpie’s
October 16, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pmFree
Café Date: Tuesday, October 16, 2018. 6pm
Presenter: Jen McIntosh, Professor & UA Distinguished Scholar, Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences
Café Title: The Race For Groundwater – A Shrinking Resource
Inspired by Researcher: Dr. Barbara Sherwood-Lollar
All over the world, vast stores of water called “groundwater” lie deep below the surface. However, those groundwater supplies are shrinking rapidly, pumped out from the ‘top down’ for human consumption, and from the ‘bottom up’ by the energy industry when it uses huge quantities of water for the extraction of oil and gas. On every continent, humans are consuming groundwater resources faster than they are being replenished. In this Café, Dr. McIntosh will discuss the shrinking supply and intense competition for remaining deep groundwater resources in the United States. The talk will also highlight a prominent scientist, Dr. Barbara Sherwood-Lollar from the University of Toronto, who discovered deep, billion-year-old water resources in the earth’s crust and the microbial life that lives there. Dr. Sherwood-Lollar inspires Dr. McIntosh own career as a hydrogeologist.