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NYC’s Water Story: From Mountain Top to Tap Map The Water Cycle in Text and Images

NYC’s Water Story: From Mountain Top to Tap Map · NYC’s Water Story: From Mountain Top to Tap Map The Water Cycle in Text and Images. 2 The water we use today is the same water

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    TheWaterCycleinTextandImages

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    Thewaterweusetodayisthesamewaterthatfellasrainwhendinosaursroamedtheearth.

    Initsendlesscycle,wateristheonlysubstancethatnaturallyexistsasasolid,liquidorgas.

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    Water’sjourneyfrommountaintoptotapbeginswhenrainandsnowfallonwatersheds,theareasoflandthatcatch,absorb,andcarrywaterdownhilltogentlyandswiftlyflowingstreams.

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    Streamsprovidelife-cycleneedsforfishandotheraquaticorganisms.Oxygenistrappedinthefreshwaterasittumblesoverrocksintodeeppools.Overhangingtreebrancheskeepwatercoolasfreshwatercontinuesitsjourney.

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    Waterisnaturallyfilteredbythesoilandtreerootsindenseforestsasittravelstowardreservoirs.Thesun’sheatenergyreleasessomewatermoleculesbackintotheatmosphereasgas,continuingthehydrologiccycle.

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    ThousandsofskilledworkersconstructeddamsandreservoirstostorelargeamountsofcleanwaterandaqueductstocarryitgreatdistancesbygravityfromwatershedstoNewYorkCity.

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    The41-mileOldCrotonAqueductwasthefirsttodeliveracleanandplentifulsupplyofwatertoNewYorkCity.TheHighBridge,completedin1848andhailedasanengineeringmasterpiece,carriedtheaqueductacrosstheHarlemRiveronlargestonearches.

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    WaterflowedthroughtheCrotonAqueduct,fillingreservoirswheretheGreatLawninCentralParkandtheNewYorkPublicLibraryonFifthAvenuenowstand.NewYorkersrejoicedin1862whenanotherreservoirwasbuiltinCentralParktosupporttheneedsofagrowingcity.

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    Today,thousandsofmilesoftunnelsandpipesdeliveronebilliongallonsofwatereachdayfromtheCroton,Catskill,andDelawarewatershedstomorethan9millionpeople.Howdoyouusewater?Howmuchwaterdoyouthinkyouuse?

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    Afterwaterisusedforcooking,bathing,andotheractivities,ittravelsdownthedrainandthroughsewerpipestowastewatertreatmentplantswhereitiscleanedandreturnedsafelytothewaterwayssurroundingNewYorkCity.

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    Waterisallaroundus. Weexperienceitinmanydifferentwaysusingallofoursenses.Aswatercyclesthroughitsendlessjourney,weappreciatethatitwillcontinuetonourishusandalllivingthings.