Water, a resource

Water plays a crucial role in the survival of living organisms (animals and plants) on Earth. Where there’s water, there’s life. Even in the driest regions of our countries, even under the deserts, there is always water, even if sometimes it is too deep to be possibly used. Springs, running waters, glaciers and lakes provide animals and plants with that amount of water that is indispensable for their life cycle. Man is interested in particular in drinking water, which is becoming less and less as the population of the world increases and because of pollution. Plants have been installed, especially along the coasts of dry regions, that make seawater drinkable to make up for the shortage of drinking water on the continents. Water is important in all its forms also because it is an integral part of the earth’s landscape, because it largely contributes to its shaping, because it contributes to determine its climate. Finally, fresh as well as salty waters are inhabited by micro-organisms that decompose much of the waste produced by man. This biological cycle is also of crucial importance.

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    26 February 2014

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  • 8 July 2011

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    4 March 2010

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  • 21 February 2013

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    Renewable energy sources in Italy The GSE (Gestore dei Servizi Energetici), the Italian energy services management authority, periodically publishes data…

    10 March 2006

    Environment biotech

    Biotechnology Biotechnology can be defined as the application of microbiology, genetic engineering and biochemistry for the treatment of waste materials…

  • 15 April 2014

    How rich are we …. in blue gold?

    The blue planet: water availability in the world 24 December 1968, a date of historical importance. The Earth was photographed…

  • 26 February 2014

    How much water is on your plate?

    Still waters run deep! This proverb reminds us how many times we have heard popular proverbs about water, and how…

  • 8 July 2011

    Who’s coming to dinner

    A shark in my hamburger Summer is finally here! As usual, we have waited for it all year long and…

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    Niño e Niña

    The Humbolt ocean current goes north along the Peruvian coasts and pushes surface waters towards the open sea. This favours…

  • Water as a percentage

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  • 13 May 2011

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    11 May 2011

    Sea in love

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  • 13 May 2011

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    In some organisms, water can compose up to 90% of their total weight. For instance, man is made of water…

  • Niño e Niña

    The Humbolt ocean current goes north along the Peruvian coasts and pushes surface waters towards the open sea. This favours…

  • Water as a percentage

    Only 3% of total water reserves is made up of fresh water, and only 30% of it can be found…