Water: Earth’s Most Common Liquid

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Water is a huge part of the Earth.  It’s so huge that we’re called the Blue Planet.  It has the power to create, sustain or destroy life on the planet. Yet what do we really know about it?

10 Interesting Water Facts

It’s all the same –  There is the same quantity of water on Earth as there was when the Earth was first formed.  That means that water is coming from your tap was probably drunk by the dinosaurs.

It’s mostly undrinkable – Only 1% of the world’s supply is for humanities needs, including agriculture and manufacturing.  Nearly 97% of it is undrinkable or salty. The other 2% is frozen in ice and glaciers.

It’s used by all living things – It makes up 75% of the human brain.  We share that characteristic with living trees.

It regulates temperature – Without it, the Earth and the human body cannot regulate temperature or remove waste.

You need it more than food – A human can live for a month without food, but only a week without water

It’s all connected – It is part of a connected system.  What we put in the air or the sky will end up in our bodies.

We consume a lot – The average US person uses 80 gallons or 302 liters of water a day.  That is 2.5 times more than the average German person. The average German person consumes 123 liters a day.

It’s got unique properties – It expands by 9% when it freezes, but is lighter than when it is a liquid.  This makes it unique among liquids.

It can explode – It is used to put out flames, but when it is combined with oil and deep fried it can cause a large explosion.

It’s more destructive than acid – It can dissolve more substances than any other liquid.  That includes Sulfuric acid.

References

https://www.statista.com/statistics/263156/water-consumption-in-selected-countries/

https://www3.epa.gov/safewater/kids/waterfactsoflife.html

https://water.usgs.gov/edu/qa-home-percapita.html

https://recipes.howstuffworks.com/menus/why-turkey-fryers-explode.htm