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By TED-Ed
Published in 2013
The world needs clean water, and more and more, we're pulling it from the oceans, desalinating it, and drinking it. But what to do with the salty brine left behind? In this intriguing short talk, TED Fellow Damian Palin proposes an idea: Mine it for other minerals we need, with the help of some...
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Published in 2013
As wetlands continue to disappear, the islanders who depend on them for food or income from tourism will suffer even more. But with improved wetland management practices, Pacific islands will be better able to adapt to the impacts of climate change. Learn how Hawaii's wetlands help reduce the...
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By TED-Ed
Published in 2013
Fresh water accounts for only 2.5% of Earth's water, yet it is vital for human civilization. What are our sources of fresh water? In the first of a two part series on fresh water, Christiana Z. Peppard breaks the numbers down and discusses who is using it and to what ends.
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Posters on coastal hazards, watersheds, hazardous waste, wetlands, water use, wastewater, navigation, groundwater, and water quality. The posters, depicted in cartoon format, are available in full color or black and white JPEG files. They are separated into posters for elementary students (K-5) and...
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This calculator helps you estimate your total water use. You know water comes from the tap, but do you know how much water goes into your sandwich? Your gadgets? The electricity that powers them? Soon you will!
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We all know the oceans are salty but so are other sources of water. The oceans have a salinity (salt content) of 35%. The Dead Sea has an average salinity of 290%, almost nine times saltier than the oceans. But what actually does that mean? Just how salty tasting are these various bodies of water?...
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The National Water Information System (NWIS) provides map-interface access to data at over 1.5 million water-monitoring sites.
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The world is a watery place. But just how much water exists on, in, and above our planet? This set of data and tables show the amounts of water on Earth.
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NBC Learn and the National Science Foundation explore the threats and challenges to our most vital natural resource.
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This website teaches elementary and middle level students about the importance of water and why we need to conserve it. test their knowledge of water conservation with the WaterSense game, or find simple suggestions for saving water, such as turning off the tap when brushing your teeth; taking...
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You've got a water shortage in your city. Because of the growing population, demand for more water, and the ongoing drought, you're running out of water! You are the mayor -- you are in charge. How will you solve the problem, since you want to do what's best for your community (and get re-elected)?...
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Thirsty for Knowledge? Let's Learn About Water! Do you know how much water a family of for uses every day in the United States? Not 50 gallons, not 100 gallons, but 400 gallons! You could take up to 10 baths with that much water -- but who would want to do that? Fortunately, there are many things we...
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"Water that accumulates beneath the surface of the Earth is called groundwater. Contrary to popular belief, groundwater does not form underground """"rivers,"""" but is actually found in the small spaces and cracks between rocks and other material such as sand and gravel. Groundwater supplies about...
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Published in 2010
Did you know that only 1% of Earth's water is fresh and available for consumption? Fresh water is the world's most essential natural resource, but it's also one of the most threatened. National Geographic magazine's April issue celebrates and explores this important resource.
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Petroleum geologists play a vital role in locating energy resources. They use a variety of methods to collect the data they need to find reservoirs of oil and natural gas. When they find these reservoirs, petroleum geologists need to calculate their volume. They also need to estimate how much they...
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NASA’s Gravity and Climate Experiment (GRACE) is a mission to track the impact of climate change on the planet’s vast stores of freshwater, saltwater, and ice. A pair of satellites, GRACE effectively “weighs” Earth’s shifting water resources month by month to detect where water is...
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