Scientists Use Mars-Inspired Technology to Find Water on Earth

By Rebecca J. Rosen

A team of scientists from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, has used technologies developed for looking for water on Mars to search for underground aquifers in the deserts of Kuwait. About one-fifth of the Earth's land surface is desert, and many deserts are highly populated, such as regions of North Africa, the Middle East, and the southwestern United States.

The scientists flew in a helicopter over two well-known aquifers and were able to accurately locate the subsurface water, 66 to 213 feet underground. Essam Heggy, the team's lead researcher, explains in the video below.

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