Physical Factors affecting water scarity

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  • Physical Factors affecting water scarity
    • Geology
      • Surface draining occurs of impermeable rocks such as granite or clay
      • Permeable rocks such as limestone and chalks store water, called aquifers
    • River Systems
      • Flows increase as tributaries enter
      • Seasonal changes in temperature can create distinctive river regimes
      • The relationship between water inputs and outputs is called water balance
    • Climate
      • Equatorial and tropical areas get much more rainfall than temperate or arctic areas
      • High altitude areas have snow pack water reserves released in late spring
      • Monsoon areas have one main peak, equatorial areas have two
      • Some equatorial areas experience recurring drought

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