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How much of the Earth's water is stored in glaciers?

About 2.1% of all of Earth's water is frozen in glaciers.

  • 97.2% is in the oceans and inland seas
  • 2.1% is in glaciers
  • 0.6% is in groundwater and soil moisture
  • less than 1% is in the atmosphere
  • less than 1% is in lakes and rivers
  • less than 1% is in all living plants and animals.

About three-quarters of Earth's freshwater is stored in glaciers. Therefore, glacier ice is the second largest reservoir of water on Earth and the largest reservoir of freshwater on Earth!

Learn more: USGS Water Science School -How Much Water is there on Earth?