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Water Resources

Water Resources

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Published by: macpiyush on Feb 07, 2010
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Assignment: Water Resources
Water resources
are sources of water that are useful or potentially useful tohumans. Uses of water includeagricultural,industrial,household,recreationaland environmentalactivities. Virtually all of these human uses requirefresh water . 97% of water on the Earth is salt water, leaving only 3% as fresh water of whichslightly over two thirds is frozen inglaciersand polar  ice caps.The remaining unfrozen freshwater is mainly found as groundwater, with only a small fraction present aboveground or in the air.Fresh water is arenewable resource, yet the world's supply of clean, fresh water is steadily decreasing. Water demand alreadyexceeds supplyin many parts of the worldand as theworld populationcontinues to rise, so too does the water demand. Awarenessof the global importance of preservingwater for ecosystem serviceshas only recently emerged as, during the 20th century, more than half the world’swetlandshave been lostalong with their valuable environmental services.Biodiversity-richfreshwater   ecosystems are currently declining faster thanmarineor landecosystems.
The framework for allocating water resources to water users (where such a framework exists) is knownaswater rights.

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