Just what is this amazing liquid that is so essential to life on Earth? Water takes a close look at good old H20, starting by exploring its special properties as a super solvent that can dissolve just about anything. Fun experiments with salt and sugar teach kids about surface tension and saturation points in water. For kids, projects like these can be a great introduction to the fundamentals of Earth Science. Then examine water’s many exciting forms, including glaciers and icebergs, and explore the far-out places it can be found – such as in the heads of comets. Kids also study the water cycle, plus learn how water gets “washed” through processes like aeration and distilling. What are the best ways to save our precious water? For kids who are budding conservationists, tips on reducing use on a daily basis will certainly inspire action.
What does it take to survive extreme water conditions? Just ask Pyrolubus fumarii , a tiny sea organism that thrives in vents that spew boiling water. You’ll learn about many other cool adaptations, from suction-cup feet to special spines for catching dew, that help animals survive the various dry, salty, super-cold, acidic, and fast-flowing water conditions found on our planet.