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.