Modern Marvels

Water

Season 13, Ep 35, Aired 9/6/06
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  • Episode Description
  • Water, the most needed substance for life, so powerful it can carve our landscape, yet so nurturing it can spawn life and support its intricate matrix.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Max Raphael

    Narrator

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (1)

    • Narrator: Nature’s precious elixir, so power it can carve our landscape, yet so nurturing it can spawn life. We bottle its goodness, showcase its beauty and seek its wonders at the far edge of our solar system. Now, Water, on Modern Marvels.

    Notes (1)

    • Pamela Conrad, PhD Astrobiologist, JPL/NASA Arthur Von Wiesenberger Bottled Water Expert Frank Chapelle Hydrologist/Author, Wellsprings Dusty Dowdy General Manager, Camp Holly Springs Siggi Thordarson Quality Manager, Iceland Spring, Inc. Kent Kise VP Quality & Technical Service, DS Waters Barbara Burke, PhD Chemistry, Cal Poly, Pomona Jim Kelly Nuclear Operator, Bruce Power Tim Elliott Performance Engineer, Bruce Power Jake LaRue Agricultural Engineer, Valmont Industries Wendell Dorsett Agricultural Engineer, Valmont Industries Ron Bopp Nebraska Farmer Derrel Martin Water Resources, University of Nebraska Michael Jess Water Resources Engineer Mark Fuller CEO, WET Design Keith Kalis Supervisor, WET Labs Luis Burgos Designer, WET Design Robert Anderson, PhD Research Scientist, JPL/NASA Albert Haldemann, PhD Mars Scientist, JPL/NASA

    Trivia (4)

    • America’s top selling bottled waters are Pepsi’s Aquafina and Coca-Cola’s Dasani. Each is purified water drawn not from springs, but municipal water supplies.

    • The speed of sound in water is roughly 4.500 feet per second, five times faster than its speed in the air – helping enable whales to communicate over distances of hundred of miles.

    • During transpiration, the process in which plants release water to the atmosphere, an acre of corn gives off 4,000 gallons every day.

    • At any given time, the fountains of Bellagio can propel up to 17,000 gallons of water into the air.

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