All the Water in the World

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125gJoe

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There's a whole lot of water on Earth! Something like 326,000,000,000,000,000,000 gallons (326 million trillion gallons) of the stuff (roughly 1,260,000,000,000,000,000,000 liters) can be found on our planet. This water is in a constant cycle -- it evaporates from the ocean, travels through the air, rains down on the land and then flows back to the ocean.

The oceans are huge. About 70 percent of the planet is covered in ocean, and the average depth of the ocean is several thousand feet (about 1,000 meters). Ninety-eight percent of the water on the planet is in the oceans, and therefore is unusable for drinking because of the salt. About 2 percent of the planet's water is fresh, but 1.6 percent of the planet's water is locked up in the polar ice caps and glaciers. Another 0.36 percent is found underground in aquifers and wells. Only about 0.036 percent of the planet's total water supply is found in lakes and rivers. That's still thousands of trillions of gallons, but it's a very small amount compared to all the water available.

The rest of the water on the planet is either floating in the air as clouds and water vapor, or is locked up in plants and animals (your body is 65 percent water, so if you weigh 100 pounds, 65 pounds of you is water!). There's also all the soda pop, milk and orange juice you see at the store and in your refrigerator… There's probably several billion gallons of water sitting on a shelf at any one time!
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Slappy*McFish

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So I guess the glass is half full, eh?
 

125gJoe

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Slappy*McFish said:
So I guess the glass is half full, eh?
How optimistic ! :D
 

ROLLIN

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They must use a pretty heavy duty stand in outerspace to hold up all that water. And here I was worried, thinking a 77 gallon was going to go through the floor. ;)
 

happychem

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ROLLIN said:
They must use a pretty heavy duty stand in outerspace to hold up all that water. And here I was worried, thinking a 77 gallon was going to go through the floor. ;)
The "Atlas 2.0" stand! The newest version comes with rotation technology to allow for the new popular "round earth" models to be used to their full potential.

On a side note, there's also more gold in the ocean than all that's been collected throughout the history of mankind combined. Sadly far too dilute to be of any practical use.
 

125gJoe

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I couldn't quite find the 'outer space stand' but I did find a few interesting pics..

 

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I though the world was supported on the backs of 4 elephants standing on the back of a space faring turtle?!?
 

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125gJoe said:
I couldn't quite find the 'outer space stand' but I did find a few interesting pics..

I like the Turbos on the top of the bubble.
 
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