The water cycle is one of the first things taught in almost any natural science course. That water is cyclical and therefore finite is a hugely important thing for people to understand in terms of how we relate to and behave with respect to the environment. But oceans and rivers are big, and our planet seems so blue, with such an abundance of water, that it is hard for us to visualize how deeply connected we are through water.
Consider for example a few simple things. Human bodies are made of about 60% water. Only three percent of the water on Earth is freshwater. There are river channels in China in which flow fluids that can no longer be classified as water because of the high concentrations of pollutants, these rivers run with aqueous solutions. It is important for us to understand how and why water moves throughout the world.
Artists Helen Friel, Jess Deacon and Chris Turner produced an pop-up book animation showing the water cycle that is a wonderful fusion of art, design, multimedia, with scientific content. There is still a vast and growing gap between those who are science literate and those who are not. Projects like this help bring important scientific concepts into the mainstream consciousness. And it is visually stunning. We all live here together, we need to make sure that everyone is participating with informed consent.
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