Definition of aquifer
: a water-bearing stratum of permeable rock, sand, or gravel
aquiferousplay \a-ˈkwi-fə-rəs, ä-\ adjective
Recent Examples of aquifer from the Web
Drawn from the Desert Hot Springs aquifer, the world-famous hot mineral water is geothermically heated and supremely restorative.
Policymakers refused to fund Gov. Kate Brown's toxic air cleanup initiative, gutted a bill to crack down on cancer-causing diesel soot and didn't advance legislation to address the overpumping of Oregon's aquifers.
The aquifer faces threats of degraded water quality and reduced water quantity.
The city has also seen improvements in recharging its aquifer.
Patrick Farrell South Florida Water Management District How Miami-Dade and Broward got here can be traced to rapid growth, efforts to conserve water and a unique reliance on a shallow aquifer that was easily recharged by rainfall.
More than 65,000 people drink water from that aquifer.
Aquifers in the Arabian Peninsula are so tapped out that some countries—notably Saudi Arabia—have had to drop much of their agriculture. ]
They are concerned that the contract will complicate efforts to get an earlier shutdown for Colstrip 3 and 4, and extend the life of the Rosebud mine that has resulted in water pollution and damage to an aquifer.
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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
First Known Use: 1897See Words from the same year
AQUIFER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of aquifer for English Language Learners
: a layer of rock or sand that can absorb and hold water
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