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Day 22: Explore Nature's Lifeblood


“Water is the driving force in nature.” –Leonardo da Vinci


On October 22, 2005, Tropical Storm Alpha formed and made the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season the most active season on record. A record 28 tropical storms formed, 15 of which became Hurricanes. While Atlantic hurricanes haven't directly affected California, the changes in our climate that are causing more hurricanes have also affected our supply of fresh water.

Watch this 2-minute video in which climate change, changes in our water cycle, and extreme weather are explained.

Watch this 5-minute video about research that is being done to help predict and manage our water supply. (Video will open in a new, separate window.) 

To learn more about water, visit the EPA's website.


Reflect upon the importance of water. As a society, we often don’t fully appreciate the access to water that we have whenever and wherever we are. What would happen if you turned on your taps and nothing came out? What would you do? Throughout your day, take note every time you see water being used or wasted. Have you taken for granted your access to water?

Contributed by Ali Reimer (Leavey School of Business, Dean's Office)

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Samantha Kibbish said on Oct 22, 2013
I found the video on our water supply powerful. I didn't realize how much water from our mountains are provided to the state of California! Let alone, how much work and preparation goes into obtaining that water. I try to be aware of how much water I use but I will definitely pay more attention from now on. Water is a precious resource on this Earth. If it came to the point where water was suddenly not available, I honestly think I'd freak out! Water is essential to living on this planet! However, after an initial panic mode, I'd probably start looking for resources or researching why the water was no longer available. This challenge definitely has me thinking and appreciating what I so easily have access to.
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