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Department
Communication
Course
COMM2208
Professor
Greene
Semester
Fall

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Adam: Water Depletion Water depletion is becoming a major issue. The main problem produced by this situation is that the US’s aquifers are being depleted at an accelerating rate. This is caused by the overproduction of thirsty crops (such as corn), increased industrial water use, and increased municipal water use. This results in aquifers, such as the Ogallala aquifer, which is the world’s largest aquifer, to become almost fully depleted. Only one-third of the Ogallala aquifer’s water remains. However, the increase in water use is not the sole issue contributing to water depletion. Rainfall seepage is responsible for the filling of aquifers. With the amount of water use increasing and the amount of rainfall staying around the average amount for the last thirty years, the rain is unable to keep up with the fast pace of depletion. • http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/gwdepletion.html • http://library.thinkquest.org/08aug/02366/html/depletion.html • http://www.usgs.gov/newsroom/article.asp?ID=3595 • http://www.srh.noaa.gov/ffc/?n=rainfall_scorecard Kelsi: Water Contamination For the project, one factor we will focus on is the contamination of groundwater and suitable drinking water due to human interference and climate change. We will research different instances where compounds were found in the water resulting from different places such as industrial plants and factory farms. Specifically, we will look at the contamination of Cape Cod waters as well as the effects of climate change on the Belgrade Lakes Region in Maine. Water contamination reduces suitable water for human survival and is a leading cause in water depletion. • http://muse.jhu.edu.ezproxy.babson.edu/journals/technology_and_culture/v045/45 .1jackson.html • http://www.nrdc.org/water/pollution
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