The Habitable PlanetHabitable Planet home page

Unit 8: Water Resources

San Pedro River Valley, Arizona.

San Pedro River Valley, Arizona.

Unit Overview

Earth's water resources, including rivers, lakes, oceans, and underground aquifers, are under stress in many regions. Humans need water for drinking, sanitation, agriculture, and industry; and contaminated water can spread illnesses and disease vectors, so clean water is both an environmental and a public health issue. In this unit, learn how water is distributed around the globe; how it cycles among the oceans, atmosphere, and land; and how human activities are affecting our finite supply of usable water.


© Annenberg Foundation 2014. All rights reserved. Legal Policy