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Tilted Aquarium

Age 14 to 16 Short
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The rectangular base of an aquarium is 2 metres by 3 metres, and its height is 1.5 metres. The aquarium is tilted along AB (so that the side AB is still along the floor) until the water completely covers the face ABCD. At this point, it also covers 80% of the 2 by 3 metre base.
What is the depth of the water when the aquarium is level?

This problem is adapted from the World Mathematics Championships
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