Schools of thought differ, but scientists agree that water makes up at least 40% the human body.
Across the globe, droughts and floods annually affect tens of millions of human lives.
Experiments have shown that hearing the sound of waves, actual or recorded, can significantly lower the listener's pulse rate.
Conversely, involuntary immersion and the sound of dripping water have become notoriously effective methods for pushing the most resilient minds over the edge.
Glaciers -- rivers of frozen water -- moving almost imperceptibly over millennia, shape continents, cut mountains down to size, lay bare bedrock, and leave behind vast lakes.
Look at any map of any state, province, or country. From its earliest settlements to the present, humankind has established and expanded its settlements overwhelmingly alongside waterways and abutting shorelines.
Water. If we don't keep drinking it, we can't survive. When it evaporates, it cools the air and refreshes our skin. Its abundance or scarcity defines every ecosystem on Earth, not least every living creature's inner ecosystem.
It nourishes our crops. It transports our goods. It steams our veggies. Here it's a salmon stream, there a tsunami. It washes sand from babies' feet; it carves canyons from stone.
We recreate in, on, and around it. We bathe in it. Some believe it can cleanse the soul; others, that it can transport departed souls to an afterlife.
We scan the solar system and beyond for the faintest hint of the slightest trace of its once-upon-a-time appearance somewhere out there.
Depending on the season, the hour, the wind, the tides, and the state of the sky, it can appear blue, green, teal, aquamarine, grey, golden, black, red, foamy white, chalky white, or colorless.
It calms our nerves, soothes our hearts, fires our imaginations, inspires our artists. Water, don't leave home without it. HYDRATION, it's running all summer. Don't miss it.
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