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Environment

Video: Global Water Changes Help Define the Anthropocene

Water WorksBy Tasha EichenseherMay 21, 2013 5:18 PM
A satellite image of farmland in the United States
Nearly 70 percent of usable freshwater resources go to irrigating fields and raising livestock. A satellite image shows the percentage of the U.S. covered in crops. Photo courtesy gwsp.org/ www.anthropocene.info.

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The Global Water System Project at the University of Bonn, in Germany, just released a video on water in the Anthropocene. If you can get past the melodramatic narration, there is a pretty stellar data visualization, based on a lot of federal agency data, that illustrates how the human footprint has changed the global water cycle.

A satellite image of farmland in the United States
Nearly 70 percent of usable freshwater resources go to irrigating fields and raising livestock. A satellite image shows the percentage of the U.S. covered in crops. Photo courtesy gwsp.org/ www.anthropocene.info.

Some of the ways civilization has made its mark on the hydrosphere:

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