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Fundamentals of Physical Geography

2nd Edition
James Petersen
ISBN: 9781133606536

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James Petersen
ISBN: 9781133606536
Textbook Problem

What percentage of liquid freshwater flows in rivers?

To determine

The percentage of liquid freshwater flows in rivers.

Answer

The percentage of liquid freshwater that flows in rivers is 0.006%.

Explanation

The water that is used by the human population is freshwater. Freshwater is a precious and limited natural resource. About 69.56% of freshwater occurs in the glaciers, which is not available for daily human needs. The subsurface water or groundwater contributes about 30.10% of freshwater. The rivers consist of 0.006%; swamps, marshes, and wetlands 0.03%, soil moisture 0.05%, atmosphere 0.04%, and freshwater lakes 0.25%.

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