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Happy World Water Day!
March 22, 2006, 3:00 pm
Filed under: Science

water2.jpgAccording to its website, World Water Day has been an annual observance since 1992.  It came about during the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) that took place that year in Rio de Janeiro.  This year’s celebration studies water and culture.

The website has many interesting facts, including religious beliefs associated with water.  Buddhism, for example, uses water during its funeral rights; Christianity, on the other hand, is used to purify via baptism.  You can check out how water factors in to other religious ceremonies/beliefs here.

And now for some nifty facts about water:

* Approximately 97% of earth’s water is salt water.  Only 3% is fresh water.

*  68.7% of all fresh water is found in ice caps, glaciers and permanent snow.

*  Almost all of earth’s water (96.5%) is found in the oceans.

*  Earth’s water is always moving, and the water cycle is not as simple as you think.

*  Earth’s water is finite, so we’ll eventually be running out.

*  There are two types of water – surface and ground.

*  This is kind of elementary, but take the True or False Water Quiz!

60% of the total human body is water – and 70% of the brain!

“Water” is a really weird word if you look at it long enough.  And yes, that’s a fact.

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