Liquid, Solid, Gas – H2O

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Liquid, Solid, Gas – H2O

Posted by:  Simone Landers

Liquid, Solid, Gas – H2O

It has been dry for at least 2 months solid. Cracks in the ground resemble dehydrated leather hide,drinking pans transformed into rock hard spaces, naked tree tops and ash laden grasslands; the earth is parched.

Our planet is made up of 71% water and is vital to all forms of life. Only 2,5% of that water is fresh

and 99% of that is in ice and groundwater. That is a lot of numbers to take in, but it does bring to

life the reality of our water situation. Much of the universe’s water is produced as a byproduct of

star formation. For every star that is born, the combination of gas and heat compresses to form water.

Water has been in existence since the beginning of time, since the formation of our planet, so why is

our water in trouble?

Although there is no shortage of water on our earth, most of it is undrinkable, contaminated by chemical
compounds, or inaccessible to people. While water is a major contributor to human development, ironically
development has caused the decline in water consumable by humans. Agriculture uses 70% of our water supply
and 98% of waste water is returned to lakes and rivers untreated. I open the tap to a shower of water
and wash my face, I feel guilty that just outside my door, animals are fighting for food and water resources

and all I can do is watch. With human interference, control and responsibility must be implemented yet
we cannot interfere with the natural way of life of our animal populations. As warthogs drop to their wrists

and scrounge for the last morsels of nutritious grass and tubers, and nyala tentatively search the floor for dried leaves, we pray for rain.The blue sky transforms to heavy grey clouds and the first drops of rain hit the dry earth. Another and then another and as if the heavens open up a stream falls from above for days. Within a matter of moments the Marula trees lift their arms in gratitude and flowers bare their smiling faces. Never again will I take for
granted the tap provided in my bathroom nor the glass I drink from on my dinner table. At Leopard Mountain we try where we can to preserve water as much as possible by reusing grey water in our gardens, minimising the washing of vehicles during the dry season and capturing rain during the warmer months which is sustainable through most of the winter. Try do your bit at home and help in the preservation of water for our children.”Let their be work, bread, water and salt for all.”- Nelson Mandela