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Water – The Most Important Substance on Earth

Scientists seek to discover other planets that could sustain life. Life as we know it depends foremost on one chemical compound—water!

Water is certainly essential. It is also unique in its amazing collection of properties. It is a joy for the chemist (at least this chemist) to consider these properties. I only wish I knew more. *

I have taken great pleasure in writing an array of brief articles on this amazing substance. Below are a few I hope will entice you to consider the subject more closely.

Mickey the Dipole

Polymeric Water Clusters

What Makes Ice Slippery

Boiling Water on the Stove

* Certainly it is curious I do not enjoy swimming and water is not my favorite beverage.

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Kasman wrote on June 25, 2017, 8:54 AM

I believe that water has also been called 'the universal solvent' because it will eventually dissolve or break down virtually anything.

MegL wrote on June 25, 2017, 10:44 AM

Yes, we can last maybe 30 days without food but only 3 days, maybe 3 hours (depending on your location) without water. I just had to go an look up "Mickey the dipole" and it's Mickey Mouse!

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lookatdesktop wrote on June 25, 2017, 2:47 PM

I often wondered if water came originally from the outer solar system, the Oort Cloud, where comets come from. Are not those great balls of ice, Comets, the things that hit Earth during the Late Heavy bombardment some 3 to 4 billion years ago? Or they came from the Kuiper Belt, I am not sure. The oort cloud is farther out there, so It is uncertain to me as to where these comets originated from.
I watched this YouTube video about the heavy bombardment and have provided this link below:

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VinceSummers wrote on June 25, 2017, 4:49 PM

You actually believe these things? Well, you do have a right to do so.

lookatdesktop wrote on June 26, 2017, 12:03 AM

I find them interesting to watch. I did not say I absolutely believe it all. Speculation is always a human point of view. There is always room for improvement on fundamentals. I know I wasn't there 4 billion years ago, lol

VinceSummers wrote on June 26, 2017, 6:39 AM

Yes, we all speculate. For instance, I wrote an article about Earth. Was it really a collection of dust and meteorites. Could the molten core point to something else? I know it was created, but I don't know how. Hence the room for speculation.

lookatdesktop wrote on June 26, 2017, 11:20 AM

It seems as if water is a miracle element. Without it, nothing living would ever exist. I think that water is one of the most fundamental essential elements perhaps in the universe and I know that God made it all happen. I can accept this every time I sip on a coffee or a tea and be thankful that we humans have an abundance of water here on planet Earth. Can't imagine life without it.