650,000,000,000,000,000

650 Quadrillion.

That’s how many gallons of water are in the Gulf of Mexico. The Mississippi River deposits more than 3.3 million gallons of water into the Gulf every second. Every second of every day. Compare that to the 150,000 gallons per second that cascade over Niagra Falls (depending on all sorts of variables).

I was reading an update on this summer’s Gulf disaster and started wondering things like “I wonder what the water to oil ratio is in the Gulf.”

In total (and this is a very educated guess made by others, not me) there are 326,000,000,000,000,000,000 gallons of water on earth in various states of being — fresh water, salt water, cloud, diet coke. I know that last one is a very, very small percentage, but it seemed worth mentioning for some reason.

I found this graph on the USGS (U.S. Geological Survey) website. I find it helpful to get my head around the percentages. Quantity, on the other hand, is far more complicated. Nothing to compare it to.

I do know that this is a lot of water. Which is funny when I compare it to how I feel like 8 glasses of water a day is a lot of water to drink.

I popped onto the Mayo Clinic site to learn more from them about how much water I really should be drinking. Wondering if the 8 glasses per day thing was simply a scheme by the TP industry or something. They shared three theories for water replacement of which one is the 8-8 described above. This might be more info than you wanted to read. It explains the “replacement” theory of water drinking. You’ve been warned.

The average urine output for adults is about 1.5 liters (6.3 cups) a day. You lose close to an additional liter (about 4 cups) of water a day through breathing, sweating and bowel movements. Food usually accounts for 20 percent of your total fluid intake, so if you consume 2 liters of water or other beverages a day (a little more than 8 cups) along with your normal diet, you will typically replace your lost fluids.

A drop in the bucket is taking on an exponential meaning today.

2 thoughts on “650,000,000,000,000,000

  1. antlike says:

    Truly amazing AGAIN, Ruth. Jim and I were just talking about the gulf and the water to oil ration, too, yaddah, yaddah, yaddah, and then the discussion morphed…but not in the same direction as yours did, but into how Sadam spilled WAY more into the gulf in his day and nobody did much about it. Something like 30% of it simply dissipated and most of it sunk back into the ocean floor from whence it came. Of course, we in our gulf had to go and mix it with various compounds to compound the problem…but that’s just how we fix things…or not.

    God has blessed you with a great sense of humor, ruth. Thanks for sharing it and giving our brains all these endorphins! 🙂

  2. Tammy says:

    Yes, the endorphins were hopping on this one… I mean, really! A drop in the bucket?!? How do these things bounce around in your head.

    Thanks, friend… enjoyed every second it took to read this — and to write this! Now…back to my 5th glass for today!

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