We see it all around us every day. We take a bath or a shower in it. We drink it out of fountains at church or at school. We wash our dishes in it. We bathe our pets in it. We fill up balloons with it and throw them at each other in the summer time. We swim in it. We use it to wash cars, clean windows, keep plants and gardens alive, and for millions of other things. Of course, you know we’re talking about water. But what you may not know is that water is one of the most precious, plentiful, perfect substances that God ever designed. Water is the most valuable substance on Earth. Without it, life as we know it could not exist. Let’s look at just how swell water really is.
Water, Water, Everywhere
One of the first things that we notice about water is that there is lots of it and it is found all over the Earth. In fact, about 75% of our planet is covered with water in oceans, lakes, streams, and ice. Not only that, but the human body is made up of about 50-70% water, and human blood is almost 80% water. Other things, like plants, animals, fruits, and vegetables, also contain high percentages of water. For instance, an apple is about 84% water. A watermelon has a fitting name, since it is about 92% water! It is a good thing God designed our world with so much water. Every single living organism contains water. Without water, life is impossible.
Frozen Water Floats
You might be surprised to learn that ice is very special. You see ice in many different places. In Alaska, there are glaciers of ice so big that you could drive trucks on them (although I wouldn’t advise it). We use ice on a daily basis to keep our drinks cool. In places where it is cold in the winter, ponds freeze over and develop a thin sheet of ice at their surface. But did you know that the way in which water turns to ice is very unusual? Most liquids get denser as they freeze. That means that their molecules squeeze in tighter together and start to weigh more than the substance in liquid form. But not water….
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