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Fabulous image representing “all the water in the world (1.4087 billion cubic kilometres of it) including sea water, ice, lakes, rivers, ground water, clouds, etc.”, on a single sphere.

In the same scale, at right, “all the air in the atmosphere (5140 trillion tonnes of it) gathered into a ball at sea-level density.”

Graphic by Dan Phiffer, via Fogonazos.

UPDATE: This post has been suggested on BoingBoing (wow!), and the power of the masses has quickly located the credits for it.

It’s by Adam Nieman / Science Photo Library (US). Some have doubted the accuracy of the graphic, but Dan Phiffer (check the link above) also updated his post with more info verifying that the representation is correct.

So correct, that Dr Adam Nieman was awarded with it in 2004 in the Visions of Science photo competition.

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  1. Frank March 6th, 2008 3:10 am

    Actually, Dan’s website has an update whereby he indicates that he did *not* design the graphic and is not sure of its accuracy.

  2. bluquar January 3rd, 2009 7:32 pm

    that’s cool. There should be another one with the moon next to it. or with the mass of all the humans.

  3. Chuck January 5th, 2009 12:02 pm

    Well, that’s not really surprising now that I think about it. The diameter of the Earth is about 7,900 miles, so it would make sense that something that covers its surface. The oceans are 13,000 feet deep at the deepest, about 2.5 miles, according to this, and they only cover 70% of the surface, so their collective volume would be tiny in comparison to the Earth itself. So I wouldn’t be surprised if that image were real.

  4. Chuck January 5th, 2009 12:03 pm

    [edit on that last post]

    Nevermind…not 13,000 feet at the deepest but…yeah…sorry…

  5. Sha January 6th, 2009 3:50 pm

    that’s cool. There should be another one with the moon next to it. or with the mass of all the humans.

    “The mass of all the humans”? How do you compare mass to volume? That makes no sense.

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  8. JettSuperior (Jett Superior) January 8th, 2009 11:58 pm

    Cool, cool: http://tinyurl.com/2aq3jr via @mhjb (whose baby apparently is due soon)

  9. Greg N Baker | Slight Wet Piece of Rock January 9th, 2009 8:39 am

    [...] Slightly wet piece of rock | forgetomoriAn awesome graphic showing “all the water in the world (1.4087 billion cubic kilometres of it) including sea water, ice, lakes, rivers, ground water, clouds” and also “all the air in the atmosphere (5140 trillion tonnes of it) gathered into a ball at sea-level density.” [...]

  10. L. Borne February 3rd, 2009 5:54 pm

    According to wikipedia, there is approx 326,000,000 cubic miles of water on the earth. That is a sphere of only 854 miles in diameter. Looks just about right to me on the map.

  11. nexuseyes (CM) February 24th, 2009 7:00 pm

    enchanted by a lovely graphic of Earth: http://tinyurl.com/2aq3jr

  12. Kuhlaid Mann June 28th, 2009 9:20 pm

    I’m curious, when it says ground water, is it referring just to underground streams and reservoirs, or is it also including all the water absorbed into the mantle as well? If its including the mantle rock, then it doesn’t seem quite as accurate (although I don’t have an numbers to go by so I could be mistaken). According to some show on science channel, there is enough water inside the mantle, that is added to the surface water, would cover the entire earth rising 2.5 miles above the peak of Everest.

    Of course… as I said, i don’t have any real numbers to go by, and a lot of what I said is scientific estimations, not measurement. So, my statement my not be entirely accurate.

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  14. Radwaste January 29th, 2010 11:32 am

    Mantle “water” is frequently misrepresented by “Flood” fans citing the Bible. However, this “water” is in the form of hydrated minerals: the H2O is very firmly bonded to a silicate or similar molecular group. A fine example of this, very near you, is concrete. Concrete doesn’t “dry” – it “sets”, becoming a solid after a chemical reaction binds all the water.

    You can get the water out of a hydrated mineral, but only with huge expenditures of energy, thus defeating any idea of mantle “water” being the source of any “Flood”.

  15. Matt April 18th, 2010 9:16 pm

    Would be interesting to see some other resources shown.
    Oil, Gold, Helium.
    Fresh Water, Salt Water.

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  17. Budda Magoo April 25th, 2012 8:20 am

    If the first orb represents all of the water on the planet, then why do we still see the ice caps on the top of the picture? Look at the second globe in comparison and you’ll see what I mean. I call this bogus.

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