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Creatures and Critters

Water Flows, Water Woes

Female character: This isn’t just rain, you know. It’s the water from last month’s lawn water. And that’s a drop or two from the Gulf of Mexico. You see, water travels throughout our environment in a huge loop. All the water we have now, or we’ll ever have is constantly recycled through the same series of events.

The loop could start with some kind of precipitation, like rain. Rain falls to the earth, then heat from the sun turns some of it into a gas. The gas rises up, it cools, and collects into clouds. Eventually, it turns back into precipitation and falls to earth…and continues on through the loop.

It’s a fine system…if nothing else gets in the mix. But it often does. Take mercury for example. It’s in old paint. It’s in batteries. It’s in fluorescent lights. And in some industrial waste. People don’t often think, “I have to get rid of this mercury. I know it’s harmful, but I’m just going to dump it.” What usually happens is something like this, “I have these old things that I don’t need anymore, so I’m just going to toss them.” So these items go in the trash. The trash is collected and brought to waste incinerators and landfills.

When incinerators burn trash, any mercury that’s in these items is vaporized. It travels through the air until rain or snow washes it to earth. The same kind of thing happens in landfills. Things that contain mercury get compacted or begin to decompose, and the mercury inside these items begins to ooze out. It snakes its way into places where water accumulates, like underground aquifers, and ponds or lakes.

Male character: Water doesn’t come from here. And it doesn’t just disappear here. It continues in an endless cycle. I mean, what you do or don’t do has a tremendous effect on its quality. Can you and your friends carpool to practice? Can you collect items that contain dangerous chemicals for a toxic trash pickup? Can you organize a school project to plant shrubs and trees to prevent erosion?

Think of it this way, water is what makes it possible for us to live on earth. Yet we have so little of it to drink. This is how much is in the oceans, but this water is salty. You can’t drink it. This is the fresh water that’s locked up in polar caps and glaciers. It’s frozen. You can’t drink that. This is all the water we might be able to use, if it weren’t too dirty or salty. But this drop of water, this is all the good quality water we have. If you don’t protect it, who will?


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