For the 1600 Indigenous residents who live in Milingimbi, a remote island off the coast of Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory, drinking water is a scarce and precious resource that relies solely on aquifers deep below the earth’s surface.
To help secure resources and meet the growing demands of the community, Flinders University is leading a project, which will measure how much water can be sustainably extracted from the aquifers storing the groundwater, and the extent of saltwater intrusion risk.
The study is one of only three projects in the world being funded through the 2014 Geoscientists Without Borders program, a humanitarian initiative run by the Society of Exploration Geophysicists. Sharing in a total of $249,500, the three projects will use modern earth science theory and technology to ameliorate long-standing problems in some of the world’s poorest regions, including Guatemala and Northern Cameroon in Africa.
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