Fresh water is a commodity that I think most of us sort of take for granted. You just twist the knob and there is clean ready to drink fresh water. Lately, and probably stemming from the drought conditions my part of the country is experiencing, I have looked at the stream of water coming from the faucet and wondered how long will I be able to do that? Will water always be available as it is now?
Living near large lakes and two large rivers that supply much of the water we use there has always been a steady supply of water, yet several times this year we were put on water use restrictions. The reality is that we are not the only ones living along these rivers using the water. And we are not alone in our situation of sharing water resources.
So with this in mind I would strongly encourage you to visit the Waterlife website for a visually impressive look at the environment of the Great Lakes and their significance to the 35 million or so people whose lives and livelihood depend on one of the world’s largest sources of fresh water. It is a an important story that is told with an awesome use of graphics, music, and narration. In fact while working on this post I had the Waterlife web site open in another browser so I could listen to the music. The larger images are photo-mosaics with each of the pieces opening to a particular story and additional graphics.
The web site is developed in part by the National Film Board of Canada. If are unaware of this web site check it out, and if you have small kiddos or grand kids around take a look at the films for children. My grand daughter and I have spent a lot of time watching and listening to some great stories.
On a related note, one of the videos that I watched in a geology class during my undergraduate college years, as an Earth Science major, was the one below – The Rise and Fall of the Great Lakes. Actually that was long enough ago that it was on 16mm film! Nonetheless the film is a fun but geologically sound story of the formation of the Great Lakes. It also talks about the effects of pollution in a rather unforgettable way. I have used this film over the years even now in my astronomy classes. Enjoy!
Click here to go to the Qué tal in the Current Skies web site for more observing information.