All Of The Water On Earth

May 11th, 2012 | Space

The image above represents all of the water on the face of the Earth formed into a Moon-like sphere.  First of all, it looks pretty crazy to see the Earth without the oceans, pretty desolate actually.  And secondly, I expected all of the water to look like a LOT MORE WATER.

Here’s an excerpt from the USGS:

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.

If you’d like to see how this water is distributed, check out the graph below:

I also expected that biological water would take up a bigger piece of the pie.


[via TheFoxIsBlack]

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