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High and DryMeeting the Challenges of the World's Growing Dependence on Groundwater$
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William M Alley and Rosemarie Alley

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780300220384

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300220384.001.0001

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That Sinking Feeling

That Sinking Feeling

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High and Dry

William M. Alley

Rosemarie Alley

Yale University Press

Land subsidence from over pumping groundwater is a serious problem affecting many parts of the world. This chapter begins with Joseph Poland, the pioneer of land subsidence investigations. The chapter then discusses how drought combined with a lack of groundwater management led to renewed land subsidence in California’s Central Valley. Mexico City, which has one of the most serious urban land subsidence problems in the world, is also discussed. The chapter then moves to success stories in bringing subsidence under control, such as California’s Santa Clara Valley; Houston, Texas; and Bangkok, Thailand.

Keywords:   drought, land subsidence, over pumping

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