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Región y sociedad

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MORENO VAZQUEZ, José Luis. Conocimiento y estudios sobre el agua subterránea en la Costa de Hermosillo. Región y sociedad [online]. 2000, vol.12, n.20, pp.75-110. ISSN 1870-3925.

This work analyzes the role played by the evolution of scientific knowledge with regard to groundwater in the development of an agricultural región in the northwest of the country. The introduction presents the economic context and the prevailing view of the availability and exploitation of water which made possible the origin of the Costa de Hermosillo in the mid-40s. The first section describes the knowledge of groundwater in certain areas of the country and in the State of Sonora that existed before the origin of the Costa. The second section shows different estimates of groundwater potential at both national and State levels, as well as the methods used for these estimates. The third section discusses various estimates of the natural recharge of the Costa aquifer throughout the sixties. Finally, the fourth section gives a summary of the conclusions derived from this analysis, and the risks stemming from the lack of up-to-date knowledge of this aquifer prior to possible implementation of new projects for the utilization of water.

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