Water of Life

Jellyfish and sandals on Hilton Head Island Beach

Why are scientists always looking for water on other planets? Because life can’t exist without water! NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory writes, "Liquid water is a necessity for every form of life known. With this in mind, scientists are eagerly searching for liquid water in places other than Earth."

Each creature on this planet requires different amounts of water for survival. We humans require about 2.5 quarts of water per day. Without it, our blood thickens, we become dehydrated and quickly die. You could probably last over a month without food, but won’t make it a week without water!

Some animals are much tougher than us when it comes to survival in dry climes. The Kangaroo Rat never drinks, but gets all the water it needs from eating seeds. And we all know about the famous camel that can trek across the hot deserts for months without taking a drink.

The great gerbil Rhombomys opimus.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, the jellyfish not only lives in water, but is nearly entirely composed of water. This squishy ocean creature is about 95% water and 5% organic material. When you see a jellyfish stranded on the beach, he will soon disappear under the hot sun, evaporating into the sky. Water is certainly most essential to his life!

Stranded jellyfish on Hilton Head Island Beach

Photo credits: Yerbolat Shadrakhov, William Wise.

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March 12, 2019

Rbrucew

Humans are around 60% water, and evey molecule in every drop has been somewhere before, dinosaur

March 12, 2019

Photodynamx

Interesting article on water makes you wonder about our unique planet!You might be interested to watch short video clip on water on link below:https://tv.jw.org/#en/mediaitems/VODBibleCreation/pub-ivwc_3_VIDEO

February 23, 2019

Ctmphotog

Interesting article on water! Thanks for sharing!

February 19, 2019

Zehrabasak

William, your story is impressive.

February 18, 2019

Draganjanovic

William, enjoyed your story. One USEFUL and one LIKE from my side! :)

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