Sources of Freshwater

Published on February 5, 2023 by
Earth may appear blue from space, but only a small percentage of the Earth’s water is freshwater. This video will summarize the distribution of freshwater on Earth. Only 3% of the water on our planet is freshwater. The store houses of freshwater, glaciers lock up 70% of this percentage. Groundwater is the water present beneath Earth’s surface. Groundwater make up 30% of the total freshwater available on Earth. Underground, water is stored in aquifers which are bodies of water saturated in sedimentary rocks in which water flows through. Our atmosphere also contains a small amount of freshwater in the form of clouds and water vapors. Surface water, which includes rivers, streams, lakes, and wetlands, makes up less than 1% of freshwater.

This video satisfies the 5-ESS2-2 requirement of fifth-grade science proficiency.

Students who demonstrate understanding can:  5-ESS2-2. Describe and graph the amounts and percentages of water and fresh water in various reservoirs to provide evidence about the distribution of water on Earth.

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