Availability of water in the Kabul Basin, Afghanistan

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doi: 10.3133/fs20103037
Authors:Mack, Thomas J.; Chornack, Michael P.; Coplen, T. B.; Plummer, L. Niel; Rezai, M. T.; Verstraeten, Ingrid M.
Author Affiliations:Primary:
U. S. Geological Survey, United States
Afghanistan Geological Survey, Afghanistan
Source:Fact Sheet - U. S. Geological Survey, No.FS2010-3037, 4p. Publisher: U. S. Geological Survey, Reston, VA, United States. ISSN: 2327-6916
Publication Date:2010
Note:In English. 11 refs.Prepared in cooperation with the Afghanistan Geological Survey under the auspices of the U.S. Agency for International Development
Summary:The availability of water resources is vital to the social and economic well being and rebuilding of Afghanistan. Kabul City currently (2010) has a population of nearly 4 million and is growing rapidly as a result of periods of relative security and the return of refugees. Population growth and recent droughts have placed new stresses on the city's limited water resources and have caused many wells to become contaminated, dry, or inoperable in recent years. The projected vulnerability of Central and West Asia to climate change (Cruz and others, 2007; Milly and others, 2005) and observations of diminishing glaciers in Afghanistan (Molnia, 2009) have heightened concerns for future water availability in the Kabul Basin of Afghanistan.
Subjects:Drainage basins; Glaciers; Ground water; Hydrology; Rivers and streams; USGS; Water quality; Water resources; Afghanistan; Asia; Indian Peninsula; Kabul Afghanistan; Kabul Basin
Coordinates:N343000 N350000 E0693000 E0690000
Record ID:2019073994
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