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How Did Water Come to Earth?

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 24 May 2013 - 08:30 PM

Morning dew and roaring falls inspire poets. Hurricanes and typhoons wreak devastation. Melting glaciers and rising tides challenge us all, even in an ever more thirsty world.

Water is so vital to our survival, but strangely enough, we don’t know the first thing about it—literally the first. Where does water, a giver and taker of life on planet Earth, come from?


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Posted 24 May 2013 - 08:41 PM

I have a feeling it has more significance than any of us realize. I've always been strangely drawn to water.

Edited by Jeffertonturner, 24 May 2013 - 08:41 PM.

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Posted 24 May 2013 - 09:44 PM

I've learned that it could have come from many places. Meteors, moisture in the atmosphere itself, and for me personally God. Water is such a strong natural element, its beautiful :)

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Posted 25 May 2013 - 09:35 AM

Current theories in geology believe it originates from two origins:
1. eruptions of volcanoes which released underground water to the surface.
2. comets which were very common in the early stage of our solar system and are mostly made out of ice.

The second option might also be the origin of life, if panspermia is correct :) .

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Posted 28 May 2013 - 05:30 PM

Tells you in the Bible.

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Posted 28 May 2013 - 06:25 PM

Water is not rare in the universe. It is made of the least common element, hydrogen, and another common one, oxygen. The outer bodies of the solar system have it in abundance. Liquid water is rare but is a consequence of the Earth being close enough to the sun to melt the ice and far enough away that the water doesn't evaporate. There is no mystery here. The mystery would be if the earth did not contain it.

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Posted 28 May 2013 - 06:33 PM

Pipeline from Uranus?

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