Earth Is 70% Water - How Big A Droplet Does That Make?

As it turns out, not as big as you might think. At first. This sphere of water has a diameter of about 860 miles. About the distance between New York City and Savannah Georgia.

Everything is relative and if that seems small remember this is a sphere we're talking about. Which means it's also 860 miles high. It only looks small compared to the sphere of the earth. It really is a lot of water.

The large sphere represents all the water in the oceans, ice caps, lakes, and rivers, as well as groundwater, atmospheric water, and even the water in you, your dog, and Spike, my struggling tomato plant.

The small sphere over Kentucky represents the world's liquid fresh water (groundwater, lakes, swamp water, and rivers) and is about 169.5 miles (272.8 kilometers) in diameter.

The tiny sphere over Atlanta represents fresh water in all the lakes and rivers on the planet, and most of the water people and life of earth need every day comes from these surface-water sources. The diameter of this sphere is about 34.9 miles (91 meters) in diameter.

Source for this information here.


Unknown said...

I guess if you think about it, the water is not too deep to get to the center. So it would make sense that if you were to make a droplet it wouldn't look like much.

Frimmy said...

I know I was like; No way!! Then I realized the earth is solid, not water...duh! lol Still 860 miles high is a LOT of water.


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