InSight: The Story of Water


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Early civilization communities converge by, around and nearby bodies of water  because water was a natural source of food, drinking water and irrigation. They were also a place to bathe, spend time for recreation and even worship. As water is needed for daily living, it is also feared, for during typhoons it could turn into monstrous waves, or floods that devour everything and everyone on its path.

In the Bible, God used water to destroy all living things except those aboard Noah’s ark. Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution, states that all species are related and gradually change over time; mankind could be traced back as water creatures long before they grew feet, started to walk and lived on dry land.

Water plays an important role in our bodies, as well, so important that man can live without food for several days, but not without water. The adult human body is 60% water on average.  The brain and heart are composed of 73% water, and the lungs, about 83%. The skin has 64% water, muscles and kidneys 79%, and 31% in bones! Yes, they contain water, too (H.H Mitchell, Journal of Biological Chemistry 158, p. 628).

There are now studies providing proofs that water has memory. Here’s how it was found. An amount of water is placed in a room, classical music is being played. After a while, that same amount of water was frozen.When observed under a microscope, its cells displayed lovely patterns. In another scenario, an amount of water was exposed to screaming and conflict then frozen. When the frozen specimen was observed under a microscope, this time the cells displayed erratic, uneven and unpredictable shapes. Olaf, that snowman character in Frozen I and II has put that “water has memory” line into great use in the second movie, and is much the pervading theme in the sequel. So amused of himself/itself, Olaf, alone, recited his “memories” covering the time he/it was in a melted phase while skating around in the post-credits scene. (If you didn’t see that, you have to see the movie again.)

Water provides health for humans and animals, for crops, plants and trees; it helps in their growth. The benefits from water are innumerable. It is the very reason scientists/astronauts search for water on the surface of the moon and in Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, or the other planets, including asteroids, comets and meteors—to trace for the chemical building blocks of life: carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, phosphorus, and sulfur.

Water is a miracle of life and it is also life’s miracle. Its presence signals hope, promise and faith. The movement of water fascinated man too much, we learned to travel, look around, sail, and navigate the seas and oceans, above and beneath. Water flows from a spring, making its way towards a stream, then to a river, sliding down some more to the sea, where it waits with open arms, and there it gets to mix with the ocean’s vast expanse.

In extremely cold regions, water precipitates to snow and hail, it freezes and forms massive sheets of ice on lakes, rivers, ponds and springs, it forms glaciers, icebergs, countries and continents of ice. In warm regions, water particles evaporate to join the clouds and become rain, or get into weather systems formed in tropical seas to landfall massively as rainstorm, filling streams, lakes and rivers.

The story of water is the story of us—we are more than half of it. The other half is cosmic.





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