Can aquifers leak?



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    Aquifers are subject to the conditions of the surrounding soil or rock unless it is confined by impermeable layers.  What this means is that water can freely flow into and out of aquifers (unless protected by impermeable material) and therefore are susceptible to the surrounding environment.

    So yes, aquifers naturally leak, but they rest on an impermeable layer which allows the water to gather in the first place and stops it from seeping deeper into the earth which creates a relatively stable condition in aquifers.  We run into problems when man creates industry which pollutes the area, or dig around or through aquifers, or a natural earth’s shift could cause higher rates of leakage in aquifers also.

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