Global distributions and size of major water stores


Global distribution and size of major water stores

Approximately 71% of Earth's surface is covered in water.

3% is fresh --> 20% is ground water, 79% is found in the ice caps and 1% is surface water

1% in surface water is split --> 52% in lakes, 38% in soil moisture and 8% in atmospheric water vapour. 

Three states of water: Solid, Liquid and Gas.

Water stores: 

  • Oceanic water - 5 oceanic bodies covering 71% of the globe. The Pacific Ocean is the largest
  • Cryospheric Water


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