How much water is there on, in, and above the Earth?

Have you ever wondered how much water is there on, in and above the earth?  This graphic shows exactly how precious this resource is.

All Earth’s water, liquid fresh water, and water in lakes and rivers.

Spheres showing:

(1) All water (sphere over western U.S., 860 miles in diameter)

(2) Fresh liquid water in the ground, lakes, swamps, and rivers (sphere over Kentucky, 169.5 miles in diameter), and

(3) Fresh-water lakes and rivers (sphere over Georgia, 34.9 miles in diameter).

All Earth's water, liquid fresh water, and water in lakes and rivers Spheres showing: (1) All water (sphere over western U.S., 860 miles in diameter) (2) Fresh liquid water in the ground, lakes, swamps, and rivers (sphere over Kentucky, 169.5 miles in diameter), and  (3) Fresh-water lakes and rivers (sphere over Georgia, 34.9 miles in diameter). Credit: Howard Perlman, USGS; globe illustration by Jack Cook, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (©); Adam Nieman.

Credit: Howard Perlman, USGS; globe illustration by Jack Cook, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (©); Adam Nieman.

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Source:

http://ga.water.usgs.gov/

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