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20 Surprising Water Facts from Your Body to the Earth

Water is just as important to our bodies as it is to life on earth. At birth, water accounted for nearly 80 percent of your body weight and accounts for as much as 70 percent as your adult body. Similarly, nearly three-fourths of the earth’s surface is covered by water. Unlike the earth, the human body can easily lose large percentages of its water content whereas all the water that existed on the earth millions of years ago is still present today.

Because caring for our earth and our bodies is so heavily connected and because much of these connections are made from water, we thought it’d be cool to provide you with a bunch of awesome water facts that will quench your thirst for knowledge.

Water Facts About Humans

1. The human brain is comprised of about 75 percent water. [1]
2. 200 million hours per day are consumed by women collecting water for their families. [2]
3. In many African countries, less than half of the population has access to clean water. [3]
4. There are one million miles of water pipeline and aqueducts in the United States and Canada. [4]
5. Water acts as an internal air conditioner, regulating our temperature through sweat and respiration. [5]
6. Water helps distribute essential nutrients to cells within our bodies and removes waste products like toxins that the organs reject. [6]
7. Contrary to what many believe, drinking water results in less fluid retention because it helps the body to get rid of excess sodium. [7]
8. Water helps lubricate your joints. [8]
9. If you include drinking water, sanitation and food production, it takes about 12 gallons per day to sustain the average human. [9]
10. There are 265 recorded incidences involving water conflicts between humans from 3000 B.C. until 2012. [10]

Water Facts About the Earth

1. Nearly 70 percent of the earth’s fresh water is trapped in glaciers. [11]
12. The atmosphere contains more water than in all of the rivers on earth combined. [12]
13. The water in the earth’s lakes, rivers, streams, ponds and swamps only accounts for less than one percent of the world’s fresh water. [13]
14. There is something like 326 trillion gallons of water on earth. [14]
15. Of the two percent of fresh water contained on the earth, about 1.6 percent of that is in polar ice caps and glaciers and another 0.36 percent is underground in aquifers and wells. [15]
16. The oldest pocket of water ever found was 2.6 billion years old, discovered in a mine two miles below earth’s surface. [16]
17. Hot water can freeze faster than cold water under some conditions. [17]
18. More than 90 percent of the world’s fresh water supply is located in Antarctica. [18]
19. The water you drink from your faucet could potentially contain molecules that dinosaurs and Neanderthals drank. [19]
20. The High Plains Aquifer, located beneath the Great Plains in the U.S., covers eight states and 174,000 miles. [20]

Bonus fact: Water is earth’s only substance that is found naturally in three forms – solid, liquid and gas. Can you guess which one is our favorite?

Resources

[1] http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/01/22/fascinating-facts-you-never-knew-about-the-human-brain.aspx
[2] http://blueplanetnetwork.org/water/
[3] http://fieldnotes.unicefusa.org/infographic-world-water-crisis
[4] http://www.afcec.af.mil/shared/media/document/AFD-130322-056.pdf
[5] http://water.usgs.gov/edu/propertyyou.html
[6] http://www.nestle-waters.com/healthy-hydration/water-fonctions-in-human-body
[8] http://www.urmc.rochester.edu/encyclopedia/content.aspx?
[9] http://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/earth/geophysics/run-out-of-water.htm
[10] http://www2.worldwater.org/conflict/list/
[11] http://awesome.good.is/transparency/web/1204/your-daily-dose-of-water/flash.html
[12] http://www.afcec.af.mil/shared/media/document/AFD-130322-056.pdf
[13] http://www.afcec.af.mil/shared/media/document/AFD-130322-056.pdf
[14] http://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/earth/geophysics/question157.htm
[15] http://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/earth/geophysics/question157.htm
[16] http://www.livescience.com/32028-oldest-water-found-underground.html
[17] http://math.ucr.edu/home/baez/physics/General/hot_water.html
[18] http://www.waterwise.org.uk/pages/fun-facts.html
[19] http://www.waterwise.org.uk/pages/fun-facts.html
[20] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ogallala_Aquifer

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