Water, Water Everywhere

Water is among the most important resources on our planet. Without it, life would not exist. Hydrologists study how water moves across and through Earth’s crust. They study how rain, snow, and other forms of precipitation impact river flows or groundwater levels and how surface water and groundwater evaporate back into the atmosphere or eventually reach the oceans. Hydrologists analyze how water influences the surrounding environment and how changes to the environment influence the quality and quantity of water. Hydrologists use their expertise to solve problems concerning water quality and availability and assist in water conservation. The work they do is very important for environmental preservation; for example, they may project water shortages, analyze the quality of potential water sources, or monitor the inflow and outflow of reservoirs. Some hydrologists forecast and help to prepare a region for conditions such as flooding, snowmelt, drought, and the formation and melting of river ice. Hydrologists often serve as consultants to scientists, engineers, developers, and governing bodies.

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