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Groundwater Basins

Western Galilee Jordan Valley Floor


Haifa Kinneret Irbid Jenin
S ea

Side Wadis Yarmouk Wadi Hammad

Carmel Northeastern

Ajlun

Mounta in

Tulkarm Nablus Tel Aviv-Yafo

Al Mafraq

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C oa

Ramallah

As-Salt Jericho

Amman Zarqa
Amman

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Jerusalem

Easte

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Wes tern

Gaza

Hebron

Dead Sea

Azraq

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Dead Sea
Be'er Sheva Karak

At Tafilah

Negev North Wadi Araba


Maan

Wadi Sirhan
N

El Jafr South Wadi Araba/ Red Sea


Elat Aqaba

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Groundwater basins and direction of groundwater movement (indicated by arrows)

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Groundwater resources of the region are subdivided into groundwater basins on the basis of: a natural boundary that does not change with time, such as one determined by structural features, intervening layers, or aquifer extent; a boundary that may change with time, such as an underground watershed or groundwater divide which may change in response to pumpage or recharge; or a boundary designated solely for administrative or operative reasons.

Although many basins have been designated by the various water-resources institutions in the region, in this report groundwater resources are generalized into 20 basins solely on the basis of hydrogeological factors. These include groundwater divides of the most important regional aquifer system, the limits of an aquifer, or important physiographic features. The natural boundaries of one aquifer will not coincide with those of another aquifer. Thus, a basin may contain several aquifers of different ages and areal extent occurring at different depths.

Overview of Middle East Water Resources

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