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How Much Water is on Earth?

Animation by Jack Cook, WHOI Graphic Services

The Challenge

How do you show something so large and so complex? The client needed to show that there really isn't that much total water volume on Earth, even with our vast oceans, and far less fresh water.

The Solution

Rather than draw 2-D illustrations, we animated the entire Earth and siphoned off the water in graduated steps, representing its volume most effectively.

The Result

The end result was used for several talks by the WHOI directorate to help explain the science.

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