There are approximately 3100 cubic miles of water in our atmosphere.
3100 cubic miles of water in our atmosphere at any given time, that’s almost enough water to fill all the Great Lakes of the United States.
Water vapor is an unlimited resource constantly replenished by nature’s hydrologic cycle so extracting water from the air can continue indefinitely without impacting the planet.
Our planet’s natural water cycle provides for all forms of life. At any given moment our planet holds 326 million cubic miles of water. Of this, 97% is salt water and only 3% is fresh water. Of that 3%, 99.3% is locked in ice, leaving less than 1 % available for human consumption.
3100 cubic miles of water in our atmosphere can be safely tapped at any time without harming the environment. In more than half the countries in the world, some of them the poorest, and most crowded, the air is humid enough to yield megalitres of drinking water.
The atmosphere contains 4 to 25 grams of water vapor per cubic meter. Most nations within 30 degrees latitude of the equator actually have more vapor than they need – an average of 15 to 20 grams of water per cubic meter of air.
There is the same amount of water on Earth today as there was 3 billion years ago.
- Three percent of the water on Earth is freshwater and only 1 % is available for human consumption.
- Sixty-six percent of a human being is water.
- Seventy-five percent of the human brain is water.
- Seventy-five percent of a living tree is water.
- You could survive about a month without food, but only 5 to 7 days without water.
Moisture is an absolute essential in our atmosphere. Without moisture, there would be no clouds, precipitation, and probably no life! Fortunately, there is a limited amount of moisture available in the atmosphere. It appears in three forms: gas (humidity), liquid (precipitation), and solid (ice and snow).
The Earth’s reservoirs are the global oceans, glaciers, lakes, rivers, and streams. They provide the principal sources of water evaporation that escapes into the Earth’s atmosphere to form clouds. Precipitation occurs in clouds when rapid condensation takes place.
The fallen moisture returns to the oceans, rivers and streams as runoff and ground water where it evaporates again. This recycling of moisture is the hydrologic cycle. The transition of atmospheric moisture from a gaseous state to a liquid state is condensation. Water vapor is the invisible source of clouds and rain and is also a form of heat transfer. Clouds floating overhead contain water vapor and cloud droplets, which are small drops of condensed water. Clouds develop when water vapor attaches itself to microscopic matter called nuclei. The particles are tiny… less than one micron in diameter (a thousandth of a millimeter). They are so light that they can stay airborne for weeks at a time. The airborne nuclei form cloud droplets that develop into clouds. All nuclei, especially salts, have a natural affinity for moisture. This is an extremely important characteristic. When nuclei grow too heavy from absorbing other cloud droplets and can no longer remain suspended, they drop to earth as a form of precipitation. While individual raindrops may not appear particularly large, they are giants compared to cloud droplets. One raindrop is equivalent to 1 to 10 million cloud droplets.
Freshwater is the single most precious element for life on earth. It is essential for satisfying basic human needs, health, food production, energy and maintenance of regional and global ecosystems. Although 70 percent of the world’s surface is covered by water, only a fraction of that – 2.5 percent – is fresh water, of which 70 percent is frozen in ice caps. The remainder is present as soil moisture. This leaves less than one percent of the world’s freshwater resources accessible for human use.
Water’s Role in the Body
- Water is required for respiration
- Regulates body temperature
- Carries nutrients and oxygen to all cells in the body
- Blood is 92% Water
- Moistens oxygen for Breathing
- Protects and cushions vital organs
- Helps convert food into energy
- Helps body absorb nutrients
- Removes waste
- Bones are 22% water
- Muscles are 75% water
- Cushions Joints
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