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25 facts about water

By: Gillian Hogarth | 0 Comment

 

Water is our most precious resource, supporting all life on Earth. In celebration of Drilcorp’s 25th Anniversary, we have compiled a list of 25 surprising and interesting facts about the miraculous chemical compound known as H20. For example, did you know one acre of broad-leafed forest has the ability to release up to 8,000 gallons of water into the atmosphere every day. Incredible!

  1. Water is the most important resource in the world
  2. 7% of the fresh water on Earth is trapped in glaciers
  3. Water can dissolve more substances than any other liquid including sulfuric acid
  4. The freezing point of water lowers as the amount of salt dissolved in at increases. With average levels of salt, seawater freezes at -2 °C (28.4 °F).
  5. To create one pint of beer it takes 20 gallons of water
  6. 80% of all illness in the developing world is water related
  7. Unsafe water kills 200 children every hour
  8. Collectively, South African women and children walk a daily distance equivalent to 16 trips to the moon and back to fetch water.
  9. A jellyfish and a cucumber are each 95% water
  10. 70% of the human brain is water
  11. A person can live about a month without food, but only about a week without water
  12. 300 tons of water are required to manufacture 1 ton of steel
  13. Hot water can freeze faster than cold water under some conditions (commonly known as the Mpemba effect)
  14. If the entire world’s water were fit into a 4 liter jug, the fresh water available for us would equal only about one tablespoon
  15. Over 90% of the world’s supply of fresh water is located in Antarctica
  16. Water regulates the Earth’s temperature
  17. In a 100-year period, a water molecule spends 98 years in the ocean, 20 months as ice, about 2 weeks in lakes and rivers, and less than a week in the atmosphere
  18. Water makes up about 66 percent of the human body
  19. Drinking too much water can be fatal (known as water intoxication).
  20. There is more fresh water in the atmosphere than in all of the rivers on the planet combined
  21. A leaky tap that drips at the rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year
  22. The first water pipes in the U.S. were made from hollowed logs.
  23. NASA has discovered water in the form of ice on the moon
  24. A bath uses up to 70 gallons of water; a five-minute shower uses 10 to 25 gallons
  25. Ocean tides are caused by the rotation of the Earth and the gravitational pull of the Moon and Sun acting on ocean water.