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By Theresa Laverty
Colorado State University 

Could bats guide humans to clean drinking water in places where it's scarce?

 


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(THE CONVERSATION) Desert life depends on reliable access to water. In Namibia’s stark Namib Desert, where I spent 18 months doing research for my Ph.D., wildlife concentrates around natural springs. Increasingly, animals there also rely on man-made ponds intended for livestock.

But water can vary both in quantity and quality, and animals have different needs. Some species, like the kangaroo rat, can survive without drinking water for years by obtaining it instead from its foo...



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