In the Buffalo National River, somebody can hear the running water and the next minute the water is gone! In the Ozarks, there are streams that disappear and reappear randomly! The ultimate question is about the reason that the streams become disappeared and the place in which the "disappeared" water goes.
This is great news for an area suffering a prolonged drought, however accessing this water in a financially sensible way and safeguarding it from possible contamination from oil and gas activities will be challenging
As water scarcity becomes an ever larger problem, Felipe de Barros, assistant professor at the University of Southern California, is working to find new methods of predicting pollution in groundwater. He aims in providing reliable predictions of how chemical pollutants in subsurface water has staggering implications for human health and sustainability. His research aims to create a model of subsurface flow and determine how chemicals move in subterranean conditions.
Researchers at Penn State University have developed a new analytical technique for identifying common drilling substances in drinking water. Using the technique, the scientists reported contamination in the drinking water taps of three Pennsylvania homes located near a known well-pad leak.
Satellites that monitor subtle changes in the Earth's gravitational field, show that the aquifers are over-pumped in many areas worldwide, without even knowing whether there are stocks or if water simply dries up.