We wouldn't BE without water, a simple molecule that is so essential to LIFE that it is mostly taken for granted...
The lifeblood of the earth, H20 is the fundamental component of all bio-Logical processes: The oceans covering 71% of the surface of our planet which in turn constitutes approximately 97% of its total water...
Global oceans are critical reservoirs of energy and thermal mass that interact with the atmosphere to define and modulate Earth's climate and moderate rapid changes. Water vapor in the atmosphere is the key factor that controls Earth's albedo and planetary energy balance through cloud formation.
Only on Earth does water occur in equilibrium as a solid, liquid and gas, a vital factor for sustaining organic life!
Some watery facts:
- Water makes up 73 percent of the human body.
- Your brain is 80% water.
- Nearly 97 percent of the world's water is salty or otherwise undrinkable. Another 2 percent is locked in ice caps and glaciers. That leaves just one percent for all of humanity's needs - all its agricultural, residential, manufacturing, community and personal needs.
- Jellyfish are 95% water.
- 75 percent of the human brain is water and 75 percent of a living tree is water.
- Scientists have determined that there is the same amount of water on Earth today as there was when the Earth was formed.
- The koala bear and the desert rat do not drink water.
- A rat can last longer without water than a camel.
- One species of antelope, the Sitatunga, can sleep underwater.
- The average American consumes 1,500 pounds of food each year. 1,000 gallons of water are required to grow and process each pound of that food. This means that in the U.S., in a single year, an average of 1.5 million gallons of water is invested in the food eaten by just one person. This 200,000-cubic-feet-plus of water-per-person would be enough to cover a football field four feet deep.
- 96% of a cucumber is water.
- Ninety eight per cent of the weight of water is made up from oxygen.