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    The world is facing a fresh water crisis. It is estimated that almost 20% of the world's population does not have access to safe drinking water, and half of the world's population lacks adequate water purification systems. On the attached link (copy and paste into browser) you will see the situation in certain parts of the world. Choose one and briefly discuss the situation, using that particular situation to illustrate a water shortage issue such as the drawing down of ground water, dams, increasing agricultural demands, pollution, etc.


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    The Ganga
    The Ganga is a major river of the Indian subcontinent, associated in myth and reality with the land and people of India as well as neighbouring countries like Bangladesh. The Gangotri Glacier, a vast expanse of ice five miles by fifteen, at the foothills of the Himalayas (14000 ft) in north U.P. is the source of Bhagirathi, which joins with Alaknanda (origins nearby) to form Ganga at the craggy canyon-carved town of Devprayag. From Devprayag to the Bay of Bengal and the vast Sunderbans delta, the Ganga flows some 1550 miles, passing (and giving life to) some of the most populous cities of India, including Kanpur (2 million), Allahabad, Varanasi, Patna, and Calcutta (14 million). ...

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    The safe drinking water crisis and how it plays out in one region of the world is provided.