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Streaming Chemistry

Posted about over 4 years by ADI02

Water is a very
important part of our
environment. It is
found covering nearly three quarters of the Earth’s surface.
It is fun to splash in and it is
also needed for life. In fact,
we can survive much longer
without food than without
water to drink. Every living
thing needs water. Without it,
plants and trees will not grow;
fish, clams, dolphins and
other aquatic life will have
nowhere to live; and
animals like otters who
find their food in the water
will have nothing to eat.
And did you know that
when we drink water,
there are some nutrients and
minerals dissolved in the
water? Fluoride
is commonly
added to
drinking water
in the United States
to help prevent
cavities from
forming in our teeth.
Plants “drink” water
as well by absorbing
it through their roots. Minerals
and other nutrients enter the
plant with the water. When we
eat plants, some of these same
nutrients give us energy to run,
play and
think.
The
three forms
of water are
solid, liquid and
gas. Did you guess
right? Solid water is
frozen and known as
ice. When water is boiled,
or the sun heats the
surface of a body of water,
its molecules can absorb
enough energy to evaporate
into the air—that is, to
become a gas called water
vapor.

Up in Earth’s atmosphere,
water vapor cools and
collects into clouds.
When enough clusters of cloud
particles stick together, they
tumble back down to Earth as
rain, snow, hail, or sleet. This
process of water evaporating,
condensing and falling to Earth
is the water cycle.
Water on the Earth can
flow above the
ground in a stream
or river. It can run
underground, too.
And water can also
be frozen into large
glaciers. Whichever
form it is in, it can
be a powerful force,
changing the shape
of the land as it
erodes mountains
and carves valleys.
We cannot survive on Earth
without water—so we must all
do our part to take care of it.
People use the fresh water of
lakes and rivers for drinking,
washing, cooking and growing
food.

Did you know that most of the
world’s population does not
have direct access to clean
water? We are very lucky to live
in a country where clean water
is “streaming” from our faucets.
It is up to us to be responsible
users of the water available on
Earth.

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