Did you know why hot water from the tap appears to be white, and how long our water has been on the earth? The answers to these questions, plus more, you can find in our third part of “Did you know?”

11. Did you know, why hot water from the tap appears to be white, and not transparent? Water contains dissolved air, that’s why fish can breathe under water. When water gets hot, air is released as small bubbles. These bubbles scatter light. That’s why water stops being see-through, like cold water, and appears white. When you pour white water into a glass, you can watch the bubbles of air grow bigger and rise towards the surface. Then, water will be clear again!

 

12. Did you know, that two-thirds of humanity face seasonal or annual water stress?
This information comes from an interesting article on the World Economic Forum website: “How do we prevent today’s water crisis becoming tomorrow’s catastrophe?” The article stresses the importance of valuing water wisely, and managing it using principles of sustainability, inclusion and resilience. Read the full article on weforum.org

 

13. Did you know, that there is more water in the atmosphere than in all of our rivers combined?
Breakdown of all the water on our planet:
– Ocean water: 97.2%
– Glaciers and other ice: 2.15%
– Groundwater,: 0.61%
– Fresh water lakes: 0.009%
– Inland seas: 0.008%
– Soil Moisture: 0.005%
– Atmosphere: 0.001%
– Rivers: 0.0001%

 

14. Did you know, that the same water that existed on the earth millions of years ago is still present today?

 

15. Did you know, that each year Earth Day is celebrated on the 22nd of April? 
Worldwide, various events are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. #EarthDay2017 is focused on Environmental & Climate Literacy. Visit www.earthday.org/earthday/ to learn more about what you can do!

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