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Astronomy Picture of the Day -- All the Water on Planet Earth
NASA ^ | May 15, 2012 | (see photo credit)

Posted on 05/15/2012 4:39:34 AM PDT by SunkenCiv

Explanation: How much of planet Earth is made of water? Very little, actually. Although oceans of water cover about 70 percent of Earth's surface, these oceans are shallow compared to the Earth's radius. The above illustration shows what would happen is all of the water on or near the surface of the Earth were bunched up into a ball. The radius of this ball would be only about 700 kilometers, less than half the radius of the Earth's Moon, but slightly larger than Saturn's moon Rhea which, like many moons in our outer Solar System, is mostly water ice. How even this much water came to be on the Earth and whether any significant amount is trapped far beneath Earth's surface remain topics of research.

May 15, 2012

(Excerpt) Read more at 129.164.179.22 ...


TOPICS: Astronomy; Astronomy Picture of the Day; Science
KEYWORDS: apod; astronomy; bigsplash; climate; louisfrank; science
[Credit & Copyright: Jack Cook, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Howard Perlman, USGS]

1 posted on 05/15/2012 4:39:44 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
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To: brytlea; cripplecreek; decimon; bigheadfred; KoRn; Grammy; married21; steelyourfaith; Mmogamer; ...
Poll: Have you seen today's APOD image before?

2 posted on 05/15/2012 4:40:43 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv
Ogawd that's just gonna give the Malthusians something else to be paranoid about.

and look - it's in Crawford, TX! George W. Bush has stolen all the world's water!

3 posted on 05/15/2012 4:43:59 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (they have no god but caesar)
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To: SunkenCiv

That’s still a crapload of water.


4 posted on 05/15/2012 4:52:22 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: SunkenCiv

How about bunching up the amount of land above sea level.


5 posted on 05/15/2012 4:53:40 AM PDT by armymarinemom (My sons freed Iraqi and Afghan Honor Roll students.)
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To: the invisib1e hand; SunkenCiv

ha Ha! You Beat me to it! I was going to say that the consolidation of the Oceans into a tiny ball, thus killing all sea life and destroying the World is Bush’s Fault!
LOL (Oh the Hugh Manatees!)

Poll:
No, I have never seen this pic before.


6 posted on 05/15/2012 4:55:19 AM PDT by left that other site
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To: SunkenCiv

If the planet were shrunk down to a 2” diameter it would be more perfect and smooth than any man made ball bearing. Even with the Marianas trench and Mt Everest and K-2


7 posted on 05/15/2012 5:01:50 AM PDT by Delta 21 (Oh Crap !! Did I say that out loud ??!??)
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To: SunkenCiv; The Invisible Hand; cripplecreek; armymarinemom; left that other site

OMGoodness! I was going to say that is the scariest picture I’ve ever seen, but I read the thread first and can’t stop laughing. You folks are a riot!


8 posted on 05/15/2012 5:02:41 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: cripplecreek

We’re all gonna die! Aiiieeeeee!!!!!!

OK, I feel better now.


9 posted on 05/15/2012 5:07:51 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Viva Christo Rey!)
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To: SunkenCiv

Do you have a mathematical equation for this?

Forgive me, but this is as hard for me to believe as the stuff about a woman’s monthly amounting to less than a tablespoon of blood.

Implausible hyperbole. (:


10 posted on 05/15/2012 5:09:04 AM PDT by .30Carbine (God bless you with the spirit of wisdom and understanding)
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To: Delta 21

And if that ball were dry, you could make deeper oceans just by breathing on it.

It’s the, “If the earth were the size of a billiard ball...” analogy. I first heard that in high school in the early ‘60s. It impressed me enough that it stuck in my head.


11 posted on 05/15/2012 5:19:02 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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12 posted on 05/15/2012 5:20:48 AM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Cool! Now I can walk down there and collect all the Spanish gold I want!


13 posted on 05/15/2012 5:24:28 AM PDT by Thorliveshere
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To: cripplecreek
That’s still a crapload of water.

Yep - I think "they" said that if the great lakes were distributed across the USA, it would coat the country in 4' of water.

14 posted on 05/15/2012 5:29:08 AM PDT by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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To: SunkenCiv

I’d still say that it’s enough. And for how much water is below the earth’s surface? Probably just as much. Thanks to being a geologically active planet with a molten interior, we are constantly replenishing our oceans and atmosphere. Volcanic eruptions and earthquakes aren’t just “acts of God.” They are his gifts.


15 posted on 05/15/2012 5:29:34 AM PDT by henkster (Wanted: Politicians willing to say "No" to people. No experience required.)
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To: shibumi

Great one, Sensei!


16 posted on 05/15/2012 5:34:57 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: trebb

Heck, Michigan is already covered with water. You can’t turn around without stepping into a swamp, lake, or stream. I’ve read that we’re never more than a mile from some type of water body in Michigan.


17 posted on 05/15/2012 5:36:24 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: the invisib1e hand
Ogawd that's just gonna give the Malthusians something else to be paranoid about.

They're already on it, Peter Gleick (the criminal that confessed to the Heartland theft of documents) when he isn't pimping Global Warming is an H2O alarmist. On the board of his Pacific Institute is none other than the Malthusian Anne H. Ehrlich, the wife of the Malthusian clown Paul Ehrlich.

18 posted on 05/15/2012 6:10:41 AM PDT by Joe Miner
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To: SunkenCiv

Good teachable moment about the difference between surface area and volume.


19 posted on 05/15/2012 6:21:36 AM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: SunkenCiv

“How even this much water came to be on the Earth and whether any significant amount is trapped far beneath Earth’s surface remain topics of research.”

Ok, could this be where this is going? What happens to the water that is pumped several thousand feet down into a shale formation to force out the hydrocarbons trapped in the shale?


20 posted on 05/15/2012 6:30:19 AM PDT by ngat
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To: SunkenCiv

21 posted on 05/15/2012 7:09:03 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: SunkenCiv

This photo will be used by cruel teachers to scare the children!


22 posted on 05/15/2012 8:28:09 AM PDT by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Alright folks, time to put the water back. It’s hurting tourism on beachfronts.


23 posted on 05/15/2012 8:36:44 AM PDT by zeugma (Those of us who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Poll:

I saw this pic on The Weather Channel this morning before seeing it here.


24 posted on 05/15/2012 8:42:41 AM PDT by GGpaX4DumpedTea
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To: SunkenCiv
ok so my response is...... Oh my god!!!!! that's it. jee wiz look at what were doing to our water Oh no’s. So there it is. desired outcome achieved. for you more educated folks is this the real amount?
25 posted on 05/15/2012 8:57:56 AM PDT by VaRepublican (I would propagate taglines but I don't know how. But bloggers do.)
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To: ngat

There’s a subterranean sea of sorts somewhere under the Himalayas (for one example); the amount of water pumped by humans — throughout history — doesn’t amount to much.


26 posted on 05/15/2012 9:24:08 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: the invisib1e hand

/bingo

And as ngat implied, it’s probably meme-building about fracking.


27 posted on 05/15/2012 9:34:55 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: cripplecreek
You might enjoy this contrast, then, between your Michigan and Southern California: in all of SoCal, there is exactly one natural lake: Lake Elsinore. All the others were created by man-made catastrophes (Salton Sea) or dams.
28 posted on 05/15/2012 10:08:20 AM PDT by Hebrews 11:6 (Do you REALLY believe that (1) God IS, and (2) God IS GOOD?)
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To: SunkenCiv

If the world’s population was dumped into the middle of the ocean at once, would there be enough displacement to cause a notable rise in the sea level?


29 posted on 05/15/2012 10:12:41 AM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: GSWarrior
If the world’s population was dumped into the middle of the ocean at once, would there be enough displacement to cause a notable rise in the sea level?


No, because you could take the entire population of the world and if they all stood side by side and in a tight ball where all their arms are locked together, they would fit in the city limits of Jacksonville Florida.

So you may get a splash, and some high waves along the shorelines but not much more.
30 posted on 05/15/2012 11:55:08 AM PDT by OneVike (I'm just a Christian waiting to go home)
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To: Delta 21

Did you say "ball bearing" ?

31 posted on 05/15/2012 12:56:36 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: TheOldLady

Yer probly right. I’ve been a machinist/engineer all my days so ball bearings being as smooth as possible is the best. You pay really top dollar for for good ones.


32 posted on 05/15/2012 3:07:37 PM PDT by Delta 21 (Oh Crap !! Did I say that out loud ??!??)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

The noun. NOT the adjective.

..snort..


33 posted on 05/15/2012 3:09:56 PM PDT by Delta 21 (Oh Crap !! Did I say that out loud ??!??)
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To: GSWarrior

Depends how much beer they had before being dumped there.


34 posted on 05/15/2012 3:13:49 PM PDT by Ironfocus (Unseat the Looter-in-Chief)
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The Louis Frank keyword:
35 posted on 05/15/2012 5:37:48 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv
Posted this on the other thread:

Their calculations are wrong. The volume of water on the plant which includes all the the water on the earth and in the atmosphere comes out to 1,400,000,000 km^3 which would make a sphere approximately 1400 km in diameter which is twice as large as they show in the pic.

Just most crap out of NASA. They need to go away

36 posted on 05/15/2012 8:37:15 PM PDT by Steve Van Doorn (*in my best Eric Cartman voice* 'I love you, guys')
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