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Water Distribution Definition

Water distribution tells you where you can find water on Earth. For example, 97% of Earth's water is salt water found in oceans.

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Water Cycle (6-8 Version)

Fun Facts

  • 30% of fresh water is groundwater, so there is possibly some water below where you stand.
  • 3% of all water distributed throughout Earth is fresh, and some is of poor quality.
  • If there is a lack of available clean water, then there is less water for distribution to people to use.

Why Do We Need To Know About Water Distribution

Learning about how water is spread around the planet helps us understand why it’s so important to manage our water wisely. This knowledge is key for making sure our drinking water is safe, thanks to experts like hydrologists. It also helps us in farming, protecting the environment, and getting ready for natural disasters.

Knowing about water distribution helps weather experts predict big storms, which can save lives. It also helps us use underground water wisely for drinking and farming. Learning about water distribution is useful for many jobs and in our daily lives.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does heat from the Sun turn liquid water into a gas called water vapor?
The energy from the Sun increases the energy of the water molecules when they are heated. This causes the water molecules to vibrate or move faster until some of them escape to become water vapor.
Explain how energy from the Sun drives the water cycle.
The Sun’s energy evaporates water into the atmosphere from all types of sources, including bodies of water, plants, and animals. This water eventually falls back to Earth and moves along Earth’s surface until it is evaporated again by the Sun. The energy from the Sun is a driving force that gets the water cycling in and out of the atmosphere.
How do plants contribute to the water cycle?
Water travels from the soil, through the plant, and then evaporates from the leaves into the atmosphere.
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