Water is one of the most important substances on Earth. It’s in all living things, whether they live at the bottom of the ocean or the driest desert. Life on Earth as we know it and cherish it today couldn’t be possible without water. Water is essential and it bounds together all living things in an unbreakable chain. For us, it’s an energy booster, a valuable detoxifier, our assistant in weight loss, and our makeup artist for healthy hydrated skin.
It’s a fact, water keeps us healthy and makes us shine! But is this the only fact? Not by far! Here are interesting facts about water that you’ll surely find filling…
All the water on Earth came from comets and asteroids! Enjoy your drink of star juice, it came here about 4 billion years ago in a period called the Late Heavy Bombardment.
Water is the most important resource in the world.
In 100 years, a water molecule spends 98 years in the ocean, 20 months as ice, about 2 weeks in lakes and rivers, and less than a week in the atmosphere.
There is more water in the atmosphere than in all of our rivers combined.
And at any given time, about 0.001% is floating above us in the atmosphere. If all of that water fell as rain at once, the whole planet would get about 1 inch of rain.
There are no actual scientific studies to support the recommendation to drink 8 glasses of water per day!
But we’d still recommend staying hydrated. Water has been shown to improve your mood, help you perform better, and strengthen your immune system.
Drinking too much water can be fatal (known as water intoxication).
NASA has discovered water, in the form of ice, on the moon! Fancy a cold glass of moon water?
Only 0.007% of the planet’s water is available to use for fueling and feeding Earth‘s 6.8 billion people! All the more reason not to waste it.
2.5% of the earth’s fresh water is unavailable: locked up in glaciers, polar ice caps, atmosphere, and soil; highly polluted, or lies too far under the earth’s surface to be extracted at an affordable cost.
3.5% of the earth’s water is available fresh.
You can find Earth’s freshwater in our lakes, rivers, and streams, but don’t forget groundwater and glaciers.
Hot water can freeze faster than cold water, in some conditions. It’s known as the “Mpemba effect”. The phenomenon is temperature-dependent.
Ocean tides are caused by the rotation of the Earth and the gravitational pull of the Moon and Sun acting on ocean water.
In a gallon of average ocean water, there is about 1 cup of salt. This may vary!
The Atlantic Ocean is saltier than the Pacific Ocean, for instance. Most of the salt in the ocean is the same kind of salt we put on our food: sodium chloride.
Don Juan Pond
The saltiest water in the world is found in Antarctica in a small lake named Don Juan Pond.
In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly designated March 22 as the first World Water Day.
There are around one million miles of water pipeline and aqueducts in the U.S. and Canada, enough to circle the globe 40 times.
748 million people in the world do not have access to an improved source of drinking water.
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