10 Most Amazing Facts About Water
There’s so much more to know about water than merely the fact that it makes us healthy and fit. Did you know that it takes 53 gallons of water to produce a single egg? and that there is more water in our atmosphere than in all of our rivers combined? Or even the fact that there is 1, 260, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, liters of water (that is 1,260 million trillion liters) found on our planet earth?! Well, now you do. But here are 10 more amazing facts about water that will, with no doubt, make you want to take notes.
1. Peru has a billboard that produces water out of thin air.
Peru gets less than one inch of rain every year. Sadly, due to this, people take water out from extremely polluted wells and drink it. The atmosphere, however, has a humidity of approximately 98% with which the University of Engineering and Technology of Peru got the idea of producing something as the first ever billboard that converts the air into water. This works by a reverse osmosis system by capturing the air, condensing and purifying the water and filling it up in 20-liter tanks. After only 3 months it produces 9450 liters of water, helping hundreds of people. It is really rewarding and pleasing to the heart by doing something for those in need.
2. Water itself doesn’t conduct electricity.
All these years you thought water conducted electricity were wrong. Pure water (distilled water) is water which is boiled and the steam is allowed to condense. This water is without any minerals and impurities. Plain water (tap water, rainwater etc) is water that contains different types of dissolved materials such as sodium and iron, magnesium, and calcium which altogether conduct electricity. Without them, water wouldn’t conduct electricity but rather insulate electricity.
3. New York tap water contain microscopic shrimps.
It has been discovered that there are microscopic shrimps residing in New York’s tap water (but don’t worry, there’s nothing to be concerned about, they are completely harmless). Think of the water as shrimp juice and you’re probably good to go. Farrel Sklerov, a spokesman for the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) said that these shrimps “pose no risk to human health. It Is not something that is regulated because there’s no harmful effects from them.”
4. Living next to water makes a person happier, calmer and more creative.
Scientists discovered that living next to water affects the human brain a lot by slowly easing down the person’s depression and anxiety and brings out their creative side. There are many reasons for this. No doubt that upon hearing the calming but powerful flow and gushes of the waves, you feel happier and peaceful. Another big reason are the animals that surround the water as researchers state that upon seeing animals a lot a person feel less lonely, happier and refreshed. It’s just that feeling of being outdoors, smelling that fresh air, hearing birds chirp, and water running by making one rejuvenated.
5. Jellyfish completely evaporate.
Jellyfish are not actually fish, they are actually a species of plankton and are closely related to sea anemones and coral. They don’t have heads, brains, hearts, eyes, or mouths. To be able to see light, and detect smells they have special rudimentary sensory nerves at the base of their tentacles. And when they are left exposed to the sun, jellyfish evaporate because they are 98% water.
6. In space there is 140 trillion times the amount of water in all of earth’s oceans combined.
Two teams of astronomers have discovered the largest and farthest water reservoir ever found in the entire universe. NASA scientist Matt Bradford has said, “The environment around the quasar is very unique in that it’s producing this huge mass of water. It is another demonstration that water is pervasive throughout the universe, even at the very earliest times.” While water vapors are known to be found throughout the universe, it is not that commonly found. The milky way has a few water vapor surfaces in particular regions only a few light years across, unlike the water in the distant quasar which appears to be spread over 2 billion lightyears away.
7. Water actually came from space.
Have you wondered where exactly water came from? Water came from powerful comets and asteroids filled with hydrogen and oxygen atoms that struck the earth when it was young. Comets have a greater concentration of ingredients that vaporize when heated. Both Asteroids and Comets contain ice and by colliding with earth, they added the amount of material, these had the ability to produce the oceans amount of water.
8. Fogs are actually clouds.
Fogs are clouds at ground level. Fogs, like clouds, are formed when the water vapor freezes or condenses forming tiny droplets in the air. Fogs form when the air near the ground cools down enough to turn the water vapor into liquid water or ice. The thickest fogs tend to occur where there is a lot of pollution particles on which the water droplets can grow.
9. You can collect water from trees for survival.
This is a great survival technique if there is no water nearby. Of course, not all trees are safe for this. You must make sure that after you have collected the water from the branches, take a little bit of the water and place it on to your tongue and do not swallow it whatsoever, and wait a for a few minutes. If there are any stinging sensations then do not use the water to drink. If the water, however, tastes sweet and harmless, then you can go ahead and drink it. At the end of this post, we have a demonstration of how you can collect water from trees, so check that out.
10. A person can not go more than one week without water.
A person can go more than 3 weeks without food. Mahatma Gandhi survived 21 days without food. But when it comes to water, a person can not survive any longer than one week, some last lesser than a week depending on their current state of health. This is because the adult body is made of 60% of water and it is necessary for every living cell to be able to function. It is sad to know that there are people that have nothing at all to survive on, a shortage of food and water, some travel days and days to collect water which dehydrates them even more because of the sweat from walking miles for hours. The people have numerous health issues and death encounters because of the dirty water and extreme dehydration. Under extreme conditions, it is estimated that an adult loses 1.5 liters of water per hour. We underestimate water too much. Water is the main ingredient that thrives this planet with life. Be thankful for what you have. Help those in need.