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Children's LiteratureThis soft-cover volume provides a steady stream of fascinating information about water. As the title makes clear, living things cannot exist without water for drinking, cooking, washing, electric power generation, transportation and crop irrigation. Every living thing—animals, plants, and people—are composed primarily of water. This book gives young readers a solid overview of these topics, along with an explanation of how water can be transformed from liquid to solid to gas via the natural water cycle that has been circulating our planet's most precious resource since the beginning of time; a discussion of why our vast network of oceans enabled early peoples to map the world and communicate with one another; a look at how surface water (oceans, lakes, rivers) and ground water (rainwater or snowmelt that has soaked into the soil) feed into one another—and many other interesting sidelights that are presented in sidebars and captions. The pages are filled with full color photos, diagrams and drawings. Includes glossary and subject index at the back of the book. Young readers will be eager to "dive in" and learn! This book is part of the "Rocks, Minerals, and Resources" series from Crabtree Publishing Company. 2005, Crabtree Publishing Company, and Ages 8 to 10.