Posted by Geoff | Posted in Blog | Posted on 07-10-2010
Tags: Astronomy, Celebrities, Water
Recently I was browsing the internet to find interesting things to write about, and I came upon a really cool post on the blog Daily Kos. Now, while that is generally a political related blog, the post I became interested in is a Photo Tour of The Solar System posted by the author Troubadour. Head on over and check that out.
Now, going through the plethora of satellite images on that photo tour, I noticed something I had never really considered before. Earth seems to be the only celestial body in our solar system that has any significant amount of water. It’s incredible that Earth has what appears to be, like, 99.99% of the water in the entire solar system. That’s an absurd amount. Even looking at the rest of our galaxy, and even universe, scientists have yet to discover another planet that is capable of sustaining life besides Earth, mainly because of the lack of water. Now, I know that we haven’t even made a dent in our search of the universe, but we’ve still observed an incredible amount of rocks floating around out there. The statistic is staggering.
We take water so much for granted. From our perspective, we have more water than anything else on the planet. However, to make a Star Wars reference, we’re a veritable Kamino in a universe of Tatooine’s. And thinking of Earth in terms of holding the gross majority of water, period, it really puts things like this BP oil spill into an odd perspective. When you fuck with Earth’s water, you fuck with all water. I don’t think we can handle that responsibility. I’m going to think back to this thought the next time I spill a glass of water. Hell, I might even take shorter showers.
But probably not.