Water

What is the Freshwater Content on Earth?

According to a research, it would take around

326 million cubic miles

of fresh water to cover the United States with a lake, 90 miles deep. Almost all the fresh water is frozen. 326 million cubic miles is also the amount of fresh water available on earth.

Of all the water available on earth, only

3 percent is freshwater

. The rest 97 percent of water is salty and cannot be used for drinking.

Facts About Water:

  • 70 percent of the freshwater can be found in ice caps, ie. In frozen state.
  • Only about 1 percent of the freshwater is accesible normally.
  • The majority of freshwater is available with Brazil, Russia, Canada, Indonesia, China and Columbia.
  • One-third of the population is living in ‘

    water stressed

    ‘ countries, ie where there is scarcity of water.

  • Explanation:

    Fresh water is distributed very unevenly across the world. Countries like Brazil, Russia, Canada, Indonesia, China and Columbia have the majority of freshwater content. Whereas, countries in Africa have less amount of fresh water.

    According to

    USGS

    , there is more freshwater available underground than on land (in liquid form). Also, scientists have discovered that there is a huge amount of

    freshwater hidden underground in China

    . They are in process of discovering more amount of freshwater under the land. Exploration is the key to search for more and more freshwater.

    There are devices that can convert salt water to drinking water. They use the

    seawater reverse osmosis

    technology. It has been manufactured by

    General Electric

    . These machines are currently being used in Algeria. Due to the machines, there has been no shortage of water there. But as an American saying goes

    “Save Water for a rainy day”

    , we need to preserve water and not waste it.

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