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Misuse Of Groundwater Resources Causes Turkey Sinkholes


Uncontrolled and negligent use of groundwater threaten the Konya Plain in the eponymous central Turkish province, which is known as the "grain silo" of Turkey for its vast wheat fields. The number of sinkholes has rose substantially in recent years due to excessive use of groundwater for irrigation, while authorities work on plans on how to fill the voids of some 330 sinkholes. No casualties were reported so far but sinkholes render a significant portion of fields unusable.