Where is Earth's water located?


22 févr. 2014 (il y a 7 années et 5 mois)

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The Earth is a "closed system,“ That means
that the Earth neither gains nor loses much
matter, including water.

Water is continually moving around, through,
and above the Earth as water vapor, liquid
water, and ice

Although some matter, such as meteors from
outer space, are captured by Earth, very little
of Earth's substances escape into outer space.

The same water that was on the Earth millions
of years ago is still here.

the same water is continually being recycled
all around the globe.

It is entirely possible that the water you drank
for lunch was once used by Mama Allosaurus
to give her baby a bath.

97% of all water is in the oceans

About 3% is fresh water.

Of the
3% fresh
: 69% is locked up in glaciers & icecaps

30.1% is ground water

.9% is other

.3% is Surface water

Of the
.3% surface water
: 2% is Rivers

11% Swamps

87% Lakes

99% of all water (oceans, seas, ice, most
saline water, and atmospheric water) is

available for our uses

ONLY 1% can be used by us

Of this 1%: 99% is ground water

.86% comes from Lakes

.02% comes from Rivers

Groundwater storage is water existing for long
periods below the Earth's surface.

Most of the water in the ground comes from
precipitation that infiltrates downward from the
land surface

The upper layer of the soil is the unsaturated
zone, where water is present in varying amounts
that change over time, but does not saturate the

Below this layer is the saturated zone, where all
of the pores, cracks, and spaces between rock
particles are saturated with water.

Another term for ground water is "aquifer,"

This term is usually used to describe water
bearing formations capable of yielding
enough water to supply peoples' uses.

Aquifers are a huge storehouse of Earth's
water and people all over the world depend
on ground water in their daily lives

Aquifers are replenished by the seepage of
precipitation that falls on the land,

The top of the pool of water in this hole is the
water table.

the water level in the hole is the same as the
level of the ocean.

Groundwater occurs only close to the Earth's

There must be space between the rock
particles for ground water to occur

Water in aquifers below the oceans is
generally saline

Water below the land surfaces (where
freshwater, which fell as precipitation,
infiltrates into the ground) is generally

There are two main types of surface
freshwater ecosystems






Moving Water



A spring is a water resource formed when the
side of a hill, a valley bottom or other
excavation intersects a flowing body of
ground water at or below the local water table

A spring is the result of an aquifer being
filled to the point that the water overflows
onto the land surface

The quality of the water in the local ground
system will generally determine the quality of spring

The quality of water discharged by springs can vary
greatly because of factors such as the quality of the
water that recharges the aquifer and the type of rocks
with which the ground water is in contact.

rate of flow and the length of the

the aquifer affects the amount of time the water is in
contact with the rock, and thus, the amount of
minerals that the water can dissolve.

The quality of the water also can be affected by the
mixing of freshwater with pockets of ancient
seawater in the aquifer or with modern seawater
along an ocean coast. (FYI)

A river is nothing more than surface water
finding its way over land from a higher
altitude to a lower altitude, all due to gravity.

Drainage Divide
(separates one
watershed from another)


(snowpack, glaciers,
springs, headwater


(small creek or
river that runs into a larger


(empties into
lake or ocean; often
forms a


A river is confined to a

bordered by

When the river floods,
it erodes a wider
channel outside of its
normal banks. This is

Rivers are invaluable to not only people, but
to life everywhere!

People use river water for drinking
supplies and irrigation water, to produce
electricity, to flush away wastes (hopefully,
treated wastes), to transport merchandise,
and to obtain food.

Rivers even help keep the aquifers
underground full of water by discharging
water downward through their streambeds.

A watershed is the area
of land where all of the
water that falls in it and
drains off of it goes to
the same place.

It’s not just the rivers…

It is also known as a
Drainage Basin


“A watershed is the area of land where all of
the water that is under it or drains off of it goes
into the same place.”

an extent of land where water …drains
downhill into a body of water (river, lake, estuary,
wetland, sea or ocean.) The drainage basin includes
both the
streams and rivers
that convey the water
as well as the
land surfaces
from which water
drains into those channels, and is separated from
adjacent basins by a
drainage divide

Addicks Reservoir Watershed

the main influence on stream flow is
precipitation runoff in the watershed

The size of a river is highly dependent on the
size of its watershed. Large rivers have
watersheds with lots of surface area; small
rivers have smaller watersheds.

Natural mechanisms

Runoff from rainfall and snowmelt

Evaporation from soil and surface

Transpiration by vegetation

water discharge from aquifers

water recharge from surface

Sedimentation of lakes and wetlands

Formation or dissipation of glaciers,
snowfields, and permafrost

induced mechanisms

water withdrawals and


flow regulation for hydropower and navigation

Construction, removal, and sedimentation of
reservoirs and

detention ponds

Stream channelization and levee construction

Drainage or restoration of wetlands

use changes such as urbanization that alter
rates of erosion, infiltration, overland flow, or

Wastewater outfalls

Irrigation wastewater return flow

A lake is where surface
water runoff (and
maybe some ground
water seepage) have
accumulated in a low spot, relative to the
surrounding countryside.

It's not that the water that forms lakes get
trapped, but that the water entering a lake
comes in faster than it can escape, either via
outflow in a river, seepage into the ground,
or by evaporation

A reservoir is a manmade lake that is created
when a dam is built on a river. River water
backs up behind the dam creating a reservoir.

Lakes formed by the erosive force of ancient
glaciers, such as the Great Lakes, can be
thousands of feet deep. Some very large lakes
may be only a few dozen feet deep

The condition of a lake at a given time is the
result of the interaction of many factors

watershed, climate, geology, human
influence, and characteristics of the lake itself

Each lake system is unique, and its dynamics
can be understood only to a limited degree
based on information from other lakes