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Aquifer's Draining Endangers Midwestern Farms

The Ogallala aquifer, the vast underground freshwater basin that underlies eight states, is being drained away, endangering the irrigated farms of America's breadbasket.

Oil tankers in the Houston Ship Channel on November 10, 2015.

The Ogallala aquifer, the vast underground freshwater basin that underlies eight states, is being drained away, endangering the irrigated farms of America's breadbasket, with the most overstressed zone of the aquifer running north from Lubbock to the Kansas-Nebraska state line. (National Geographic)

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