Terra, the water planet, our home

The Water Planet

Viewed from space, the most striking feature of our planet is the water. In both liquid and frozen form, it covers 75% of the Earth’s surface. It fills the sky with clouds. Water is practically everywhere on Earth, from inside the planet’s rocky crust to inside the cells of the human body.

This detailed, photo-like view of Earth is based largely on observations from MODIS, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer, on NASA’s Terra satellite. It is one of many images of our watery world featured in a new story examining water in all of its forms and functions.

Image Credit: NASA

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One thought on “Terra, the water planet, our home”

  1. This makes the thermal ‘inertia’ of our planet unimaginably large.
    I wonder how many of the Warmists we have whittering on about tipping points and the Venusian Scenario could actually tell you how many kJ of energy it takes to warm 1kG of water by 1.degree C….(or pick your scale).
    The Oceans are our thermal safety buffer…absorbing transporting and releasing heat as needs be to keep the climate stable.
    Awesome dynamics.

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