From the earliest life forms to life on earth as we know it today, water has been the one essential constant . Covering roughly seventy percent of the earth’s surface, only a mere fraction is available as freshwater and of that, an even smaller proportion is available for human use and we are only just beginning to truly understand the nature of this most precious and limited resource. In addition to its life sustaining role, water is also one of the most destructive forces on earth, carving breath taking gorges and valleys, yet disasters related to water are responsible for large scale loss of life as well. In its different forms water supports ocean life, retains precious atmospheric samples dating back thousands of years, is a muse for writers, artists, and sculptors, as it tenuously supports a human population of six billion and growing.
Humans began to cultivate food crops about 10,000 years ago. Prior to that time, hunter-gatherers secured their food as they traveled in the nearby environment. When they...
Baltic SeaLast Updated on 2013-05-15 at 22:50
The Baltic Sea is situated between Scandinavia and mainland Europe, and extends into the North Sea. The sea is split into several smaller basins termed the Gulf of... More »
Kola Peninsula tundraLast Updated on 2013-05-15 at 15:42
The Kola Peninsula tundra is a ecoregion covering much of Kola Peninsula of Russia as well as some northern Scandinavian subcoastal areas along the Barents Sea.
The... More »
South China SeaLast Updated on 2013-05-14 at 17:00
The South China Sea is a critical world trade route and a potential source of... More »
White SeaLast Updated on 2013-05-14 at 14:25
The White Sea is a saline marine water body that is a southern inlet of the Barents Sea located off the northwest coast of Russia.Waters of the White Sea are rich in silicates... More »
Norwegian SeaLast Updated on 2013-05-14 at 14:24
The Norwegian Sea is a saline marginal sea, and an element of the North Atlantic Ocean, situated west of Norway. This sea is characterised by its cold deep basins that are... More »
Laptev SeaLast Updated on 2013-05-14 at 14:23
The Laptev Sea is a saline water body, lodged between the Kara Sea and East Siberian Sea. The chief land boundary of this marginal sea of the Arctic Ocean is the Siberian... More »