A new NASA study with NASA twin Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) satellite found that the Middle East water equivalent of the Dead Sea lost for more than seven years. NASA hopes the study will prompt people to recognize the harmful effects of depleted groundwater.

“GRACE data show an alarming rate of decline in total water storage in the Tigris and Euphrates basin, which is currently the second fastest rate of loss of groundwater storage on the earth, to India,” said Jay Famiglietti, director of studies and hydrologist and professor at UC Irvine said NASA press release.

NASA scientists have shown that in Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran lost 117 million acres feet (144 cubic miles) of water at 2003 to 2010. It is estimated that 60 percent of this loss was the result of pumping from underground storage

“The rate was especially noticeable after the 2007 drought. Meanwhile, the demand for fresh water is growing, and the region is to coordinate the water, because of the different interpretations of international law,” said Famiglietti.

While the water was lost other natural causes, it is man made pumps. Comprehensive groundwater resources and has many worries During the dry season surface water is hard to come by, and governments often penetrate into groundwater resources. For example, soon after the 2007 drought Iraq holes completed around 1000 as well. When not running, the region of the water, scientists warn that great attention to the way the environment to be treated, should be paid.

“The Middle East is simply not enough water to start, and this part of the world, the experience less rainfall with climate change,” Famiglietti warned. “The need to be dry areas getting drier. Middle East and other arid regions of the world, the available water resources as best they can manage.”