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Inventory of Shared Water Resources in Western Asia

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This publication is the first UN-led effort to make a comprehensive assessment of the state of transboundary surface and groundwater resources in the Middle East. It follows a standardized structure, with eight surface water chapters and 19 groundwater chapters that systematically address hydrology, hydrogeology, water resources development and use, international water agreements and transboundary water management efforts. The chapters cover all rivers and groundwater resources shared between Arab countries in the Middle East and include data on water resources that are shared with Iran, Israel and Turkey. Boasting over 50 new maps and 200 figures, tables and boxes with recent, comprehensive data series, the Inventory provides an up-to-date view of the state and evolution of shared water resources in the region.

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Gulf Umm er Radhuma-Dammam Aquifer System (Centre)

The central section of the Umm er Radhuma- Dammam Aquifer System extends over a 400 km-wide structural platform that stretches across three Gulf States: Bahrain, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. In the western low-plateau areas, the aquifer system is dominated by the Umm er Radhuma, while in the eastern plains it becomes more complex as the Umm er Radhuma and the Dammam are separated by the Rus Formation and overlain by Neogene-Quaternary units. Limited recharge occurs mainly through the Umm er Radhuma outcrops. The general direction of groundwater flow in the aquifer system is from west to east in Saudi Arabia.

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