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Editor's message: the sunk cost fallacy of deep drilling

Marechal, Jean-Christophe (2010) Editor's message: the sunk cost fallacy of deep drilling. In: Hydrogeology Journal, 18 (2). pp. 287-289.

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At the beginning of 2008, I visited a watershed, located in Karkinatam village in the state of Karnataka, South India, where crops are intensively irrigated using groundwater. The water table had been depleted from a depth of 5 to 50 m in a large part of the area. Presently, 42% of a total of 158 water wells in the watershed are dry. Speaking with the farmers, I have been amazed to learn that they were drilling down to 500 m to tap water. This case is, of course, not isolated.

Item Type: Editorials/Short Communications
Publication: Hydrogeology Journal
Publisher: Springer
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Springer.
Keywords: Crystalline rocks; Fractured rocks; Groundwater exploration; India;Socio-economic aspects
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Civil Engineering
Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2010 07:11
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2018 06:34
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/25909

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