All of Earth’s water


How much water is there on Earth, from USGS Water Science for Schools water information site

This picture shows the size of a sphere that would contain all of Earth’s water in comparison to the size of the Earth. The blue sphere sitting on the United States, reaching from about Salt Lake City, Utah to Topeka, Kansas, has a diameter of about 860 miles (about 1,385 kilometers) , with a volume of about 332,500,000 cubic miles (1,386,000,000 cubic kilometers). The sphere includes all the water in the oceans, seas, ice caps, lakes and rivers as well as groundwater, atmospheric water, and even the water in you, your dog, and your tomato plant.

It’s hard to realize what a 1,385km wide sphere represents. The International Space Station orbits at about 300km altitude. Amazing.

via How much water is there on Earth – USGS and BoinBoing