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As you know, the Earth is a watery place. But just how much water exists on, in, and above our planet? The picture to the left shows the size of a sphere that would contain all of Earth's water in comparison to the size of the Earth. You're probably thinking I missed a decimal point when running my calculator since surely all the water on, in, and above the Earth would fill a ball a lot larger than that "tiny" blue sphere sitting on the United States, reaching from about Salt Lake City, Utah to Topeka, Kansas. But, no, this diagram is indeed correct.
About 70 percent of the Earth's surface is water-covered, and the oceans hold about 96.5 percent of all Earth's water. But water also exists in the air as water vapor, in rivers and lakes, in icecaps and glaciers, in the ground as soil moisture and aquifers, and even in you and your dog. Still, all that water would fit into that tiny ball. The ball is actually much larger than it looks like on your computer monitor or printed page because we're talking about volume, a 3-dimensional shape, but trying to show it on a flat, 2-dimensional screen or piece of paper. That tiny water bubble has a diameter of about 860 miles, meaning the height (towards your vision) would be 860 miles high, too! That is a lot of water.
If all of Earth's water (oceans, icecaps and glaciers, lakes, rivers, ground water, and water in the atmosphere was put into a sphere, then the diameter of that water ball would be about 860 miles (about 1,385 kilometers) across, a bit more than the distance between Salt Lake City, Utah to Topeka, Kansas. The volume of all water would be about 332.5 million cubic miles (mi3), or 1,386 million cubic kilometers (km3). The picture at the top of this page illustrates this. A cubic mile of water equals more than 1.1 trillion gallons. A cubic kilometer of water equals about 264 billion gallons.
Originally posted by neformore
Understanding this tends to help
Originally posted by loves a conspiricy
Its a blatant lie....
Only animals with nostrils were brought on....so why have we still got insects and animals without nostrils??
My guess is this.
There was a flood...but it was a localized flood. The people believed it was world wide because...they were morons.
There was no need to get rid of trillions of tons of water....as it wasnt here in the first place.
40 days and nights of rain cannot cause a global flood....because there is not, and never has been that amount of water present on our pale blue rock.
edit on 17-7-2011 by loves a conspiricy because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by JonU2
reply to post by SG-17
You are joking aren't you? Adding a post that you are stating in definitive terms based on (1) a theory & (2) in wiki, is ridiculous.
I re-read your post and there was no sarcasm there but it still read like you are an authority on the subject. Please be careful with these wiki theories as there are people that will believe them.
Originally posted by Sky watcher
reply to post by Freelancer
Most of it was from the Tidal waves caused by the now known Brown Dwarf Star that is in a long orbit around our Sun. The rest evaporated. Also there was a lot less water back then.
Originally posted by blackthorne
ararat is 16,854 feet high. almost three miles high. think about that. the titanic lies at 10,500 or so. 40 days of constant rain would not produce that amount. even though i am christian, i have never believed the ark story. the science just doe not hold up. also, according to the bible, noah and his sons were the only ones left. that means noah would have had to have a black son, an asian son etc..... also, first cousin had to marry first cousin and maybe even brother and sister. so, we would all be distant relatives of incest. where are the stories of the descendants traveling to america, asia, south america?
personally, i do believe that god did make the world. it just took an AWFUL long time to do so.
around 10,000 years ago, the mediterranean started to pour into the black sea, almost doubling its size. the people fleeing this would have thought that this was a world wide flood. this was probably where it came from.edit on 17-7-2011 by blackthorne because: (no reason given)