Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Water, water, everywhere...

A picture is worth a thousand words... Pictures capture our best and our worst. Raw emotion. Unspeakable beauty. From the grandeur of nature to the synthetic perfection of everything man-made, pictures communicate to us. Sometimes they whisper a quiet, peaceful message that uplifts our soul. Sometimes they scream at us with impassioned joy or heated rage.

The beauty of the internet is that there are millions of these incredible communiqués at the click of a button. This blog is devoted to these glossy images and everything they stand for.
Every post will be categorized in some fashion or another by a theme. For instance, top 10 pictures of cars, top 10 pictures of guitars, top 10 pictures of sunsets, etc.

Today's post: Water. Essential, fundamental, enjoyable, frightening, calming, exhilarating and of course always fluid, water could be the subject of an entire blog but today, I present 10 pictures of water.

Adiós, ancla !!!

by marmimuralla

by Klaus_dolle

Taking photo on Salt Lake
by baby7

Napoli -La fontana del carciofo
by morimur29

Sunset near West-aan-zee (Terschelling)
by robervoor

Atravesando el Sol
by Payuta Louro

Moss Falls
by cormack13

So what is water? Wikipedia says:

Water is a common chemical substance, that is essential to all known forms of life.[1] In typical usage water refers only to its liquid form or state, but the substance also has the solid state, ice, and gaseous state, water vapor. About 1,460 teratonnes (Tt) of water (1,610 teratons) covers 71% of Earth's surface, with 1.6% of water below ground in aquifers and 0.001% in the air as vapor, clouds, and precipitation. [2] Saltwater oceans hold 97% of surface water, glaciers and polar ice caps 2.4%; and other land surface water such as rivers and lakes 0.025%. Water in these forms moves perpetually through the water cycle of evaporation and transpiration, precipitation, and runoff usually reaching the sea. Winds carry water vapor over land at the same rate as runoff into the sea, about 36 Tt per year. Over land, evaporation and transpiration contribute another 71 Tt per year to the precipitation of 107 Tt per year over land. Some water is trapped for periods in ice caps, glaciers, aquifers, or lakes for varying periods, sometimes providing fresh water for life on land. Clean, fresh water is essential to human and other land-based life. In many parts of the world, it is in short supply. Many very important chemical substances, such as salts, sugars, acids, alkalis, some gases (especially oxygen) and many organic molecules dissolve in water. Outside of our planet, a significant quantity of water is thought to exist at the north and south poles of the planet Mars, on the moons Europa and Enceladus, and on the exoplanet known as HD 209458 b. [3]

But, somehow that just doesn't say it quite as well as these pictures...


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