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Earth Day 2010: 9 Reasons Why Blue Is The New Green (PHOTOS)

Huffington Post     First Posted: 06/22/10 06:12 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 05:15 PM ET

Earth is often seen as synonymous with land, but our planet is overwhelming dominated by water. Which is why this Earth Day, we're going blue. Taking care of our oceans and other sources of water is critical to sustaining our planet, but the attention they get often doesn't reflect that. While 71 percent of the Earth's surface is covered by water, 95 percent of the oceans have not even been explored. We're taking a look at nine reasons why water and the life within it is vital to life on Earth, and how celebrating the earth means celebrating our most precious resource -- water.


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It can be easy to lose sight of the fact that Earth is a planet dominated by water. But water trumps land in a heartbeat when you look at the numbers: 71 percent of Earth's surface is covered with water and an estimated 50-80 percent of all life on earth is under the ocean surface. 78% of global precipitation occurs over the ocean, and it is the source of 86% of global evaporation, which is crucial to the circulation of heat in the climate system.
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