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Humans are causing massive changes in the location of water all over the Earth, NASA says

The Aral Sea in 2015. The body of water has shrunken in size dramatically in recent years due to water withdrawals from rivers that feed it. Foto: Courtesy of NASA Earth Observatory

A 14-year NASA mission has confirmed that a massive redistribution of freshwater is occurring across the Earth, with middle-latitude belts drying and the tropics and higher latitudes gaining water supplies.

The results, which are probably a combination of the effects of climate change, vast human withdrawals of groundwater and simple natural changes, could have profound consequences if they continue, pointing to a situation in which some highly populous regions could struggle to find enough water in the future...

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