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Will There Be Enough Fresh Water?

As the human population has grown, water use for agriculture, industry and manufacturing has increased. Explore water movement and predict water availability.

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Fresh water is necessary for life. Freshwater resources are unevenly distributed on Earth's surface. The availability of fresh water affects how many organisms can live in an area.

Throughout this module, you will explore the distribution and uses of fresh water on Earth. The availability of fresh water depends on the local resources and composition of the underlying rocks and sediments. The sustainability of freshwater sources depends on the rates at which water is being removed vs. being stored. You will run experiments to explore water movement below Earth’s surface, predict water availability related to recharge and water use and hear from a hydrologist doing research on groundwater quality and availability. By the end of the module you will be able to explain how humans can maintain and replenish freshwater supplies long into the future.

This module contains five activities, each approximately 45 minutes long.

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<a href="stem-resources/will-there-be-enough-fresh-water">The Concord Consortium. Will There Be Enough Fresh Water?. Concord: The Concord Consortium, 2014, June 30.</a>

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Will There Be Enough Fresh Water? (The Concord Consortium, Concord, 2014, June 30), WWW Document, (http://concord.org/stem-resources/will-there-be-enough-fresh-water).

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Will There Be Enough Fresh Water? (The Concord Consortium, Concord, 2014, June 30), WWW Document, (http://concord.org/stem-resources/will-there-be-enough-fresh-water).

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Will There Be Enough Fresh Water?. (2014, June 30). Retrieved 2014, September 21, from The Concord Consortium: http://concord.org/stem-resources/will-there-be-enough-fresh-water

Disclaimer: The Concord Consortium offers citation styles as a guide only. We cannot offer interpretations about citations as this is an automated procedure.

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This activity runs entirely in a Web browser. Preferred browsers are: Google Chrome (versions 5 and above), Safari (versions 4 and above), Firefox (version 3.6.10 and above), and Internet Explorer (version 7, 8, or higher; note that version 6 or below does not work).

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Grade Level
Middle School, High School, Higher Education
Subject
Earth and Space Science
Focus Area
Modeling and Simulation
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