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The Water Cycle

Water Cycle

The water cycle, or hydrologic cycle, is a continuous process by which water is purified by evaporation and transported from the earth’s surface (including the oceans) to the atmosphere and back to the land and oceans.

Transpiration

Transpiration, also referred to as sweating, is the process by which plants lose water through their leaves especially, but also stems, flowers and fruits. This water is converted from liquid form to vapor and released to the atmosphere. Water is absorbed through the roots of plants and moves up through hollow tubes in the leaves. Plants lose water through tiny …

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Solar Still

In a survival situation, making a solar still will allow you to obtain and purify water using the sun and gravity. You can produce drinkable water from snow, urine, salt water, cut vegetation, etc. A solar still works in the same way that nature makes rain. The sun will heat the water until it evaporates and becomes …

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Water Purification

Pure water is essential. Any water found in the outdoors can be contaminated with any number of diseases. Water can play a major role in the transmission of infections. If you use water from a natural water source, it is advisable to purify it to kill any microorganisms which can cause diarrhea, cramps, dysentery, or …

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Water Procurement

Water can be found and collected in numerous ways. You should stay on the move until you find a source of water. Streams, lakes and rivers are going to be the most obvious sources. Listen for the sounds of a river. They can be heard in the quite woods from miles away. Also keep in mind that water …

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Ice and Snow

It’s imiportant to drink pleanty of water, even in frigid conditions. You can melt ice and snow for drinking water. Remember as far as pufifying, snow and ice are no purer than the water from which they come. Dont eat either without melting. Eating ice and snow can reduce your body temperature and will lead to further dehydration. …

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Gathering Dew

Water can be collected from vegetation. Using absorbent cloth like a cotton t-shirt, you can collect dew by wiping over leafy bushes and long grasses. You can also tie the cloth to your leg and walk through dew covered grass / coverings; wring out water and collect. It is an effective water procurement method.

SOS

Water Distillation

A gulp or two while swimming in the ocean isn’t so bad, but could you imagine drinking nothing but salt water? Salt water doesn’t refresh a human body – it actually makes a person more thirsty from dehydration! Eventually a person on a saltwater diet would become ill from dehydration. One way to purify salt water is through …

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Boiling Water

Boiling is a very effective means of disinfecting water. Boiling is when the water releases “visual vapors”, you “hear a sound” coming from the pot/can and when you look inside you can see “bubbles popping” to the surface of the water. Boil for at least five minutes. Make sure the water is actually boiling – …

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