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All the water on the planet visualized

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All the water on the planet visualized

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Onyma Report This Comment
Date: May 06, 2012 07:58PM

[ga.water.usgs.gov]

All of Earth's Water in a Single Sphere

This picture shows the size of a sphere that would contain all of Earth's water in comparison to the size of the Earth. The blue sphere sitting on the United States, reaching from about Salt Lake City, Utah to Topeka, Kansas, has a diameter of about 860 miles (about 1,385 kilometers) , with a volume of about 332,500,000 cubic miles (1,386,000,000 cubic kilometers). The sphere includes all the water in the oceans, seas, ice caps, lakes and rivers as well as groundwater, atmospheric water, and even the water in you, your dog, and your tomato plant.
Anon Report This Comment
Date: May 06, 2012 09:23PM

Leave enough for Beer,cant imagine the world without it.
fossil_digger Report This Comment
Date: May 06, 2012 09:46PM

did it account for spring water?
pro_junior Report This Comment
Date: May 06, 2012 10:12PM

I've seen this, or similar pic, before and I just can't believe this is accurate...somebody forgot to carry a 1 or misplaced a decimal or something
Onyma Report This Comment
Date: May 06, 2012 10:33PM

Regarding the accuracy of this... I know it's hard to conceive but remember, while the Pacific ocean is 10-15,000 km across in places the average depth is only 3.8km (2.35 miles). That makes it > 2600 times wider than it is deep. They are pretty thin layers. Let me put that into perspective for you.

Tin foil is 0.2mm thick. If you cut a piece of tin foil 520mm (20.5 inches) long, then you have about the same thickness to width ratio as the average dimensions of the Pacific ocean.
BlahX3 Report This Comment
Date: May 06, 2012 11:07PM

Spring water is ground water so yes it is included in the estimate.

They used old 486SX CPUs and Windows calculator to do the math.
BlahX3 Report This Comment
Date: May 06, 2012 11:23PM

Don't confuse them with facts Onyama. Just tell them beer is 90% water and they forgot to include Milwaukee.