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Evaporative water loss of 1.42 million global lakes

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On top of intensifying algal blooms and depleting oxygen, a new study reveals Earth's bodies of freshwater are also evaporating at a greater rate than we realized.

What's more, "lake evaporation plays a larger role in the hydrological cycle than previously thought," says ecologist Gang Zhao who was at Texas A&M University during the study. This process thus has a substantial impact on our climate and weather modeling.

With their shimmering waters, natural and artificial lakes adorn around 5 million square kilometers of Earth's terrestrial surface. They contain almost 90 percent of our planet's fresh liquid surface water and overflow with often unique life.

But warming temperatures and increased solar radiation due to changes in cloud cover have made the sky thirstier than ever.


This research was published in Nature Communications.


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