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How much water is there on (and in) the Earth?
This resource discusses the distribution of water on Earth's surface, in soil moisture and groundwater, and in the atmosphere. Charts and graphs summarize total water withdrawals from surface and ground sources, and provide an estimate of global water distribution, in cubic miles and cubic kilometers, from all known sources. Links to additional information are embedded in the text.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • Text:
    • Ref. material
  • Dataset:
    • Modeled
Subject:
  • Hydrology
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
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DLESE Catalog ID: USGS-ED-000-000-000-071
Related resources:
This resource is part of 'Water Science for Schools'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Water Science for Schools
http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/

Contact: Joseph J. Kerski
Educational Resources
United States Geological Survey (USGS)

Contact: Howard Perlman
United States Geological Survey (USGS)