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Water Science School

Water Science School

Welcome to the U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) Water Science School. We offer information on many aspects of water, along with pictures, data, maps, and an interactive center where you can give opinions and test your water knowledge.

Publications

Estimated use of water in the United States in 2015

Water use in the United States in 2015 was estimated to be about 322 billion gallons per day (Bgal/d), which was 9 percent less than in 2010. The 2015 estimates put total withdrawals at the lowest level since before 1970, following the same overall trend of decreasing total withdrawals observed from 2005 to 2010. Freshwater withdrawals were 281 Bgal/d, or 87 percent of total withdrawals, and salin

Understanding the influence of nutrients on stream ecosystems in agricultural landscapes

Sustaining the quality of the Nation’s water resources and the health of our diverse ecosystems depends on the availability of sound water-resources data and information to develop effective, science-based policies. Effective management of water resources also brings more certainty and efficiency to important economic sectors. Taken together, these actions lead to immediate and long-term economic,

Agriculture — A river runs through it — The connections between agriculture and water quality

Sustaining the quality of the Nation’s water resources and the health of our diverse ecosystems depends on the availability of sound water-resources data and information to develop effective, science-based policies. Effective management of water resources also brings more certainty and efficiency to important economic sectors. Taken together, these actions lead to immediate and longterm economic,

Science

Табиғи су айналымы, The Natural Water Cycle, Kazakh

Жер шарындағы су әрдайым қозғалыста болады. Гидрологиялық цикл ретінде белгілі табиғи су айналымы судың Жер бетіндегі және астындағы үздіксіз қозғалысын сипаттайды. Табиғатта су сұйық, мұз және бу күйінде кездеседі. Ол үнемі бір күйден екінші күйге ауысып отырады және бұл үдеріс миллиондаған жылдар бойы жүріп келеді.
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Табиғи су айналымы, The Natural Water Cycle, Kazakh

Жер шарындағы су әрдайым қозғалыста болады. Гидрологиялық цикл ретінде белгілі табиғи су айналымы судың Жер бетіндегі және астындағы үздіксіз қозғалысын сипаттайды. Табиғатта су сұйық, мұз және бу күйінде кездеседі. Ол үнемі бір күйден екінші күйге ауысып отырады және бұл үдеріс миллиондаған жылдар бойы жүріп келеді.
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The Sun and the Water Cycle

Who's the boss? The real boss of the water cycle doesn't even live here on Earth. The sun is what makes the water cycle work. The sun provides what almost everything on Earth needs to go—energy, or heat.
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The Sun and the Water Cycle

Who's the boss? The real boss of the water cycle doesn't even live here on Earth. The sun is what makes the water cycle work. The sun provides what almost everything on Earth needs to go—energy, or heat.
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How Much Water is There on Earth?

The Earth is a watery place. But just how much water exists on, in, and above our planet? Read on to find out.
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How Much Water is There on Earth?

The Earth is a watery place. But just how much water exists on, in, and above our planet? Read on to find out.
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