The Indo-Gangetic Plain provides a quarter of the world’s groundwater and is fundamental to agriculture in the region ©123RF
The Indo-Gangetic Plain provides a quarter of the world’s groundwater and is fundamental to agriculture in the region ©123RF

Arsenic and salt contaminate one of world's largest water sources

31 August 2016

Contamination has made 60% of the water in one of the world’s largest aquifers unfit for drinking or agriculture, a research paper has said.

The basin beneath the Indo-Ganetic Plane provides a quarter of the world’s groundwater and has created 255m hectares of fertile arable land crossing the borders of India, Pakistan, Nepal, and Bangladesh.

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