Planet Earth is unique in the known solar system because of the presence of liquid water--a substance which covers almost three-quarters of the total surface area of the globe. In straightforward, non-technical language, this book examines this extraordinary substance--which we all take for granted.
YA-- A comprehensive overview that describes water's basic properties and varieties, as well as its essential role in all life forms on Earth. Its fantastic motions as evidenced in rivers, currents, and tides are explained, along with its influence on weather and climate. Humankind's many uses of this precious resource and the inherent problems of worldwide pollution are also highlighted.
An informative and entertaining, non-technical examination of the nature, properties, and importance of water. The text is divided into four principal parts--what is water?; water and life; water in motion; and water and humans, including the problem of pollution--and is thoroughly illustrated with photographs and specially commissioned artwork. For a general readership. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)