Picture of the Day: How Much Water Is There on Earth?

global-water-volume-large.jpg

The above image shows how big a sphere would be compared to Earth if it were made of all the Earth's water. It would have a diameter of about 860 miles and a volume around 332,500,000 cubic miles. The calculations are based on estimations for all of the Earth's water including not just oceans, lakes, rivers, seas, and ice caps, but groundwater, atmospheric water, and even the water inside living creatures such as you, your cat, and all of the world's plants.

Below, recent Pictures of the Day:

Image: Illustration by Jack Cook, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution; USGS. Via Peter Edmonds.

Presented by

Rebecca J. Rosen is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where she oversees the Business Channel. She was previously an associate editor at The Wilson Quarterly.

Never Tell People How Old They Look

Age discrimination affects us all. Who cares about youth? James Hamblin turns to his colleague Jeffrey Goldberg for advice.

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Never Tell People How Old They Look

Age discrimination affects us all. James Hamblin turns to a colleague for advice.

Video

Would You Live in a Treehouse?

A treehouse can be an ideal office space, vacation rental, and way of reconnecting with your youth.

Video

Pittsburgh: 'Better Than You Thought'

How Steel City became a bikeable, walkable paradise

Video

A Four-Dimensional Tour of Boston

In this groundbreaking video, time moves at multiple speeds within a single frame.

Video

Who Made Pop Music So Repetitive? You Did.

If pop music is too homogenous, that's because listeners want it that way.

More in Technology

Just In