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To most people, a desert — by definition — is a place where water is practically nonexistent.

But a team of researchers studying Jordan's badia — a large desert in the country's northwest corner — has uncovered a secret moving slowly beneath the area's vast arid expanses.

Using satellite photos, knowledge of the local geology, and a dash of intuition, the researchers have discovered a system of shallow aquifers that may provide a vital source of water to the semi-nomadic people who inhabit the area.

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