Water, Water, Everywhere

by George Heymont
It starts with a simple molecule — two atoms of hydrogen linked to one atom of oxygen — and grows exponentially. From a tear, a pint, and a snowflake to a rivulet, a pond and a lake. From a gallon, a tide pool, and an estuary to a glacier, a bay and a cloud.

Water accounts for nearly 57 percent of an adult male’s body weight. Nearly 70 percent of our planet’s surface is covered in water. Unimaginable numbers of water molecules travel the earth via the ebbs and flows of tides, the acceleration of eddies and whirlpools and the dynamic surges of currents and floods, torrents and tsunamis.

Some 1200 years after it disappeared beneath the surface of the Mediterranean Sea, the ancient Egyptian city of Heracleion was recently discovered by archaeologist Frank Goddo and a team from the European Institute of Underwater Archaeology.

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