IAEA: Using nuclear techniques to make groundwater visible
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IAEA: Using nuclear techniques to make groundwater visible

Unlike surface waters, groundwater is invisible to the eye and hence often poorly understood. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) uses environmental isotope tracers for water quality assessment and pollution sources tracking, and information on water origin and its fate can be quickly obtained from isotopes of the water molecule. This basic information is critical to advise governments and communities on securing water sources in times of crisis, as well as on protecting and conserving critical groundwater recharge zones.