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Monday, September 28, 2009

Waiting for a Wave

This week our photo theme is water. Here are a few interesting facts about this essential liquid from All About Water.Org:

1. Roughly 70 percent of an adult’s body is made up of water.
2. At birth, water accounts for approximately 80 percent of an infant’s body weight.
3. A healthy person can drink about three gallons (48 cups) of water per day.
4. Drinking too much water too quickly can lead to water intoxication. Water intoxication occurs when water dilutes the sodium level in the bloodstream and causes an imbalance of water in the brain.
5. Water dissolves more substances than any other liquid. Wherever it travels, water carries chemicals, minerals, and nutrients with it.
6. Somewhere between 70 and 75 percent of the earth’s surface is covered with water.
7. The earth is a closed system, similar to a terrarium, meaning that it rarely loses or gains extra matter. The same water that existed on the earth millions of years ago is still present today.
8. The total amount of water on the earth is about 326 million cubic miles of water.
9. The United States uses about 346,000 million gallons of fresh water every day.
10. The average person in the United States uses anywhere from 80-100 gallons of water per day. Flushing the toilet actually takes up the largest amount of this water.

The above photo shows one way that we use water. We swim and play in it! This photo is from our recent trip to San Pancho, Mexico. I love how my four kids are crouched waiting to be splashed by the next wave. The waves in this picture also remind me of snow--the way they are coming in to the shore so hard and fast with huge white caps. My children found these crashing, powerful waves to be a source of endless fun. I on the other hand found it a bit nerve racking, but still took delight in watching my kids play in the waves.

1 comment:

  1. That's a great picture. Looks like those kids are going to get taken out by that wave. A lot of good and interesting facts posted here. Nice post!


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