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The Miracle of Water

Updated on August 23, 2017
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Deborah L. Alexander is an author, business woman, wife to Doug for almost 40 years, a mother of three adult children & a grandmother of 4.

Water--Life's Necessity

Water, the life giving necessity produced through a natural miracle, is not possible to humanly duplicate. Can you imagine getting through even one day without access to water? Are you prone to take its very existence for granted? Maybe we get into a rut and give little thought to how it would feel if we got up one morning and our faucets were dry.

Daily survival demands that we have access to water. Basically with no water, we would all surely die since our bodies consist of approximately 70% water. Drinking adequate amounts of water is necessary to maintain a healthy body. Then think about how many daily routines we mindlessly perform without even comprehending that water is involved? Cooking and preparing food requires water. Cleaning anything almost always involves water whether it be cleaning our dishes, our clothes, our car, or even just washing our hands or bathing. And there are no doubt thousands, or even millions, more necessary daily uses of water that could be mentioned.

We even enjoy playing in water for bodily refreshment, especially during the hottest days of summer. We go to swimming pools, water parks, lakes, rivers, streams, creeks, and the ocean. There can be nothing more needed on a hot summer day than a cool swim in some clear, clean water.

Wow! Sounds like water is a true magical substance! It keeps us alive, it cleans just about anything that gets dirty, and as a bonus, we can even use water for fun and amusement. Seems water is a very precious and treasured commodity that we are privileged to enjoy

The Best, Healthly Alternative to Bottled Water

With all the warnings today about drinking your water from disposable plastic water bottles, these reusable water bottles here, with individual built-in filters, provide a viable alternative.

I have personally used the Brita water filter system for years and am pleased with the better quality of water it produces.

The Miracle of H2O

How does it come together?

Water is made of two hydrogen atoms attached to an oxygen atom. This seems like pretty basic chemistry, leading to the basic question--so why don't we just stir them together and solve the world problem of water shortages? Theoretically, this could be possible, but it would be extremely dangerous to attempt at home...or anywhere else to be exact!

In order to create water, oxygen and hydrogen atoms must be present. Sadly, just mixing them together doesn't help. We are still left with separate hydrogen and oxygen atoms. A seemingly simple process is just not as simple as it may sound because the orbits of each atom's electrons must become linked in order for water to be. And to accomplish this, there must be a sudden burst of energy to join the electrons of these atoms appropriately. The energy force needed can happen rather easily since hydrogen is extremely flammable and oxygen supports combustion. A simple spark is all that is required to produce the driving "boom" which creates water when electron's orbits of the hydrogen and oxygen atoms combine in the exact and necessary fashion.

Making this happen chemically could be a very dangerous process. Simply mixing the two elements in gas form does not make water and for them to become water the orbits of each atom's electrons must link together through a sudden burst of energy to join them. A process of joining two gases which could be combustible and extremely flammable.

Therefore water does not just happen by mere mixing but comes together as one of nature's awesome phenomena making hydrogen atoms connected to oxygen atoms something unique as H2O. This phenomenon of nature is all part of the water cycle--transpiration, precipitation, and evaporation--which works efficiently to produce the water we all need to live. And since we cannot produce our own water independent of nature, it remains a wonderful miracle that happens daily at our shared home we all call Planet Earth.

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A Glass of Water from Another Perspective

A Glass of Water from Another Perspective
A Glass of Water from Another Perspective

Hydrogen (H)

At room temperature, Hydrogen is a gas. It gets its name from the Greek words "hydro" and "genes", which mean "water-forming." Composed of a single proton and a single electron, Hydrogen is the simplest and most abundant element in the universe. Ninety percent of the visible universe is estimated to be composed of hydrogen.

Oxygen (O)

Oxygen exists in a gas state at room temperature. According to the periodic table, a single atom of Oxygen consists of 8 protons/electrons and 8 neutrons.

Oxygen gets its name from the Greek words "oxys" and "genes", which means "acid forming." Oxygen is the third most abundant element in the universe and makes up close to 21% of the earth's atmosphere. Oxygen is a highly reactive element and is capable of combining with most other elements.

Various Early Memories of Water-Related Experiences

A Personal Perspective

Water activities are refreshing and rejuvenating. Swimming, walking in a pond or river, or just getting wet with a garden hose just feels good and is a great way to enjoy a hot summer day or night.

My memories of water go way back to a farm that my grandparents used to irrigate using dirt ditches and large tarps that would have to be set at various points to direct the water to parts of the fields needing water. These tarps were heavy and were put in place with metal rods driven through a steel circle. Then they were smoothed out and positioned and kept in place by shoveling dirt all around the edges of the tarp to seal it when the water rushed in. This was a procedure that took determined focus because if you did not place things just right, the water would rush to the tarp and wash right through. But if done correctly, the water would dam up and direct the water over the ditch banks and then would run throughout the field. When irrigation time came around, this process would take place throughout the day and throughout the night as well until all the farm was adequately watered. At only four years old, I enjoyed this part of farming since the major part of the work was never my responsibility but I helped however I was able. Watering the crops was a vital part of running a productive and profitable farm business.

I also loved cooling off in the irrigation ditches or swimming in the water close to the banks of the Pecos River.

But my most favorite memory of water was at age 16 when I first encountered my future husband. It was a hot summer night in August and he decided for fun that he and his friend should have some fun with the garden hose. I got soaked because it caught me and my friend unaware. However, this is one life-long happy memory of the beginning of a wonderful relationship with the man I would later marry. We have kept the "garden hose soak down" alive and well throughout the years and still on surprise occasions take advantage of any opportunity to repeat a great memory of many years ago.

Will you be the rock that redirects the course of the river?

--a quote by Claire Nuer

It is no coincidence that the most populous areas are built close by abundant water sources.

Share Your Preference Right Here . . .

Which, in your opinion, is the best way to cool off on a hot summer day?

Water--Our Life Giving, Precious Resource

Water--Our Life Giving, Precious Resource
Water--Our Life Giving, Precious Resource

Summer Water Fun Toys - . . . Cool off with a duel purpose . . .

Water toys can be enjoyed with a two-fold purpose. First of all, it's a great way to cool off and refresh from the summer heat. And secondly, if planned properly, it simultaneously adds fun to the necessary task of watering the yard.

How Long Can You Live Without Water?

A person can live several weeks without food, but only a few days without water.

Photo Credit: Unless otherwise noted, all photos included on this page are the property of Deborah Leigh Alexander.

Do you have a helpful hint for conserving water?

How Do You Keep Your Cool in the Summertime? - Share your favorite water activities here . . .

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      tonyleather 3 years ago

      I avoid the sun as much as possible and wear as little as I can get away with!

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      DLeighAlexander 4 years ago

      @sierradawn lm: Some good input; thanks for commenting.

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      sierradawn lm 4 years ago

      Conserving water: don't leave the faucet running when brushing your teeth;"if it's brown flush it down if it's yellow let it mellow", collect rainwater for washing your hair & watering plants. (My Grandma always collected rain water for hair & plants because she said it was the best water to use.)

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      blestman lm 4 years ago

      I have heard it said that water is the lifeblood of the earth. I like going by a cascade or waterfall or a surf and just listening to the sound and taking it into my soul.

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      Rosanna Grace 4 years ago

      stay indoors during the day. visit the beach during the early evening, keep the gully breezes circulating through the house at night! :)

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      Birthday Wishes 4 years ago from Here

      I do a lot of things to keep cool; swimming, playing with water, drinking ice cold drinks, etc. Thanks a lot for sharing this beautiful lens!!!

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      hovirag 4 years ago

      @changrcoacher: wow, I would have never thought of this idea! how clever!

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      RinchenChodron 4 years ago

      I do water arobics as often as I can.

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      DLeighAlexander 4 years ago

      @OhMe: Thanks for visiting and congrats to you too for making the reel :)

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      DebW07 4 years ago

      Love the beach or a nice pool.

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      changrcoacher 4 years ago

      Fun and informative lens. I collect the water dripping from my window air conditioner and use it to water my potted herbs and flowers....

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      TapIn2U 4 years ago

      I can't imagine living without water. Sundae ;-)

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      Anja Toetenel 4 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      Thank you for your beautiful contribution, I loved reading your Lens!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Enjoyed the visit and congrats on making the reel