aquifer

noun aqui·fer \ ˈa-kwə-fər , ˈä- \
Updated on: 5 Dec 2017

Definition of aquifer

: a water-bearing stratum of permeable rock, sand, or gravel

aquiferous

play \a-ˈkwi-fə-rəs, ä-\ adjective

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aquifer and Agriculture

The vast but relatively shallow Ogallala Aquifer lies beneath the Great Plains, under portions of eight states. Its thickness ranges from a few feet to more than a thousand feet. The Ogallala yields about 30 percent of the nation's groundwater used for irrigation in agriculture, and provides drinking water for most of the people within the area. But for many years more water has been extracted from the Ogallala than has been returned, and the situation today is of great concern.

Origin and Etymology of aquifer

New Latin, from Latin aqua + -fer


AQUIFER Defined for English Language Learners

aquifer

noun

Definition of aquifer for English Language Learners

  • : a layer of rock or sand that can absorb and hold water


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