This weekend, my husband took us on a road trip from Laguna Beach to Hanford, California. I love road trips because you get to see a little more of the state you’re in rather than just blotches from the sky, if you were in a plane.
On the way, we stopped to see the Vista Del Lago Visitors Center next to Pyramid Lake. Unfortunately, I had forgotten my camera in the car and couldn’t take pictures of the inside, but just to brief you, it had a little area where it highlights the importance of water and where our drinking water comes from. I never actually thought about water so much before this, but after pointing out the many things we use water for, I realized, that it’s really not an unlimited resource we could afford to really ignore.
Just think about the average number of things that water is used for:
- Drinking (we are made up of up to 60% water)
- Cooling ourselves
- Playtime and recreation
Of course, humans aren’t the only ones who use water. Many animals live in it, find their food in it, and keep cool in it. Other animals depend on vegetation to live and without it, they can’t survive.
According to the USGS, science for a changing world, 96.5% of the world’s water is saline water (understand where that comes from?), 2.38% is locked into glaciers and ice caps, and only 1.12% is actually ground water, which include rivers and likes that are used for human consumption or our fresh water. Here’s a little pie chart to give you a better understanding:
Does this give you a little scare? The more I think about it, the more scared I DO get.
We think about the value of oil and how much we need it, granted, yes we do, but can you imagine what would happen if we ran out of water?
Take a look at the cycle of water found on the US Geological Survey site:
So as you can see, nature and all the beauty we sometimes take for granted play a major role in our daily lives. We may not think about it or understand why it’s important, but it affects us all, including, perhaps, our children and our children’s children, and so on.