Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Welcome to September!!!!!!!!!!!
This month we will be focusing mainly on water, but we certainly will not forget about Labor Day (7th), Grandparents Day (13th), 1st Day of Autumn (22nd), and other events throughout the month.
Water is essential in the lives of all flora, fauna, and people on earth.
# Between 70 and 75 percent of the earth’s surface is covered with water.
# Much more fresh water is stored under the ground in aquifers than on the earth’s surface.
# The earth is a closed system, similar to a terrarium, meaning that it rarely loses or gains extra matter. The same water that existed on the earth millions of years ago is still present today.
# The total amount of water on the earth is about 326 million cubic miles of water.
# Of all the water on the earth, humans can used only about three tenths of a percent of this water. Such usable water is found in groundwater aquifers, rivers, and freshwater lakes.
# The United States uses about 346,000 million gallons of fresh water every day.
# The United States uses nearly 80 percent of its water for irrigation and thermoelectric power.
# The average person in the United States uses anywhere from 80-100 gallons of water per day. Flushing the toilet actually takes up the largest amount of this water.
# Approximately 85 percent of U.S. residents receive their water from public water facilities. The remaining 15 percent supply their own water from private wells or other sources.