Water World

A new visualization of all the water in the world from Howard Perlmann of the USGS balls up all the water on earth.

Spheres representing all of Earth’s water, Earth’s liquid fresh water, and water in lakes and rivers

The largest sphere represents all of Earth’s water, and its diameter is about 860 miles (the distance from Salt Lake City, Utah, to Topeka, Kansas). It would have a volume of about 332,500,000 cubic miles (mi3) (1,386,000,000 cubic kilometers (km3)). The sphere includes all the water in the oceans, ice caps, lakes, and rivers, as well as groundwater, atmospheric water, and even the water in you, your dog, and your tomato plant.

Liquid fresh water

The blue sphere over Kentucky represents the world’s liquid fresh water (groundwater, lakes, swamp water, and rivers). The volume comes to about 2,551,100 mi3 (10,633,450 km3), of which 99 percent is groundwater, much of which is not accessible to humans. The diameter of this sphere is about 169.5 miles (272.8 kilometers).

Water in lakes and rivers

Do you notice that “tiny” bubble over Atlanta, Georgia? That one represents fresh water in all the lakes and rivers on the planet, and most of the water people and life of earth need every day comes from these surface-water sources. The volume of this sphere is about 22,339 mi3 (93,113 km3). The diameter of this sphere is about 34.9 miles (56.2 kilometers). Yes, Lake Michigan looks way bigger than this sphere, but you have to try to imagine a bubble almost 35 miles high—whereas the average depth of Lake Michigan is less than 300 feet (91 meters). Continue reading

infographic of the day – Apollo 11 as a Baseball Diamond

‘That’s one small step for man; one giant leap for mankind’ stayed mostly in the infield via Dynamic Diagrams.

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Infographic of the day – life in 2050

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One year ago, there was survey by Pew Research and the Smithsonian that explored what Americans think life would be like in the year 2050. 53% believe ordinary folks will travel in space, and 74% think that most of our energy won’t come from fossil fuels. Now GOOD and Column Five Media have turned the survey into an infographic.

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