Saturday, August 21, 2010

Water in Pictures: Too Much, Too Little, Pure, Polluted

This week's palate cleansers have all featured water images that convey the beauty of the natural water world around us. A diminishing world... 

As Jen said the other day in her post, water is life.  Barbara Kingsolver wrote an eloquent piece titled just that for the April issue of National Geographic. You can read Water is Life here. Her article is headed with this simple thought:

Fresh Water

The amount of moisture on Earth has not changed. The water the dinosaurs drank millions of years ago is the same water that falls as rain today. But will there be enough for a more crowded world?

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They're right. We can't. So why waste it?

( Image above from National Geographic Water Is Life photo gallery)

Nowshera District, Pakistan, 2010 

Drought, Southern California, 2009, the outcome of Water Wars
(Attribution Unknown)

Hubbard Glacier, Alaska
(Attribution Unknown)

Polar bears trapped on melting glacier

Breton Island Preserve, shortly before Hurricane Georges, 2000
(US Army Corps of Engineers)

Breton Island Preserve, after Deepwater Horizon Spill, 2010
(AP photo)

Earth, as the Pale Blue Dot of Carl Sagan fame
(NASA, Voyager 2's last look back)

What makes this planet blue? 


More about National Geographic's Water: A Thirsty World

100 Ways to Conserve Water from Use It Wisely

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