Stop Using up All Our Water!
By: Ruth Ziegler
Water For Life!
All humans and animals need water to survive. Most of earth is made up of water, although most of Earth’s water is salt water and is not safe to drink. Most of Earth’s freshwater is unreachable, it is frozen and locked up in ice caps and glaciers. Most freshwater is not used for drinking, it is used for irrigation and other purposes. The increase in population requires more food, water, and manufactured foods. Earth’s fresh water resources are being depleted. Pollution is another major problem across the globe, freshwater is tainted by a wide variety of polluting materials include paints, pesticides, petroleum, plastics, and heavy metals such as leads and coppers. Burning fossil fuels such as gasoline, coal, and natural gas also threatens our freshwater supply. Extended droughts caused by global warming are drying up lakes, rivers, and aquifers. Wars in nations are rising like in Egypt and Sudan where they are struggling over control of the Nile river. Water is an important necessity for human survival.
Fracking operations go on at night in the hills of a Mesa Vista Ranch that is68,000-acre in an attempt to get natural gas and oil out of the ground. The oil company is forcing chemicals into the ground contaminating the water in the Ogallala Aquifer to get the natural gas and oil out of the ground.
Get it Before it's Gone.
The what, where, and why.
The Ogallala is in the states Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska. This figure shows the decrease in water level in the Ogallala. The red is the decline of more than 40 feet , the orange is 20 to 40 feet, the yellow orange is 10 to 20 feet, and the yellow is 6 to 10 feet, the pink is the rise of over 40 feet, the blue is 20 to 40 feet, the light blue is 10 to 20 feet, the green is 5 to 10 feet, the gray doesn't change. The areas that were the most affected by the decline in water level were northern parts of Texas, and southern parts of Kansas.