2.8 Trillion Tons of Nearly Fresh Water Found Under the Ocean

Next Big Future  June 23, 2019 According to a team of researchers in the US (Columbia University, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) their data suggests continuous aquifers extending 90 km offshore New Jersey and Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, on the U.S. Atlantic margin using new shallow water electromagnetic geophysical methods. The continuous submarine aquifer system spans at least 350 km of the U.S. Atlantic coast and contains about 2800 km3 (2.8 trillion tons) of low-salinity groundwater. The findings can be used to improve models of past glacial, eustatic, tectonic, and geomorphic processes on continental shelves and provide insight into shelf geochemistry, biogeochemical cycles, and the […]