Water, what on Earth is it?

Pure water (H20) consists of one oxygen atom bound to two hydrogen atoms. Natural scientists dubbed water the "universal solvent" because it has been found to dissolve more substances than any other liquid. This means that wherever water goes, either through the ground, over riverbeds, through plastic bottles or through human bodies, it takes along chemicals, minerals, and nutrients. This can be good or bad for you and other living things, depending on what the water molecules encounter before you drink them and/or they flow on. This ability to dissolve is also what allows water to carry nutrients so that your body can use them.


Water’s most unique feature is that the hydrogen and oxygen atoms hold together through a process

called “covalent bonding”. Simply stated, this means that the atoms stick together by sharing electrons with each other. It’s sort of like they “like” each other. On an atomic level, it’s like an expression of “love thy neighbor as thyself”. The sharing of electrons stabilizes each individual atom and creates the liquid/gas/solid resource we call water. The covalent bond accounts for the way water bodies hold together within the gravitational and physical fields in which they are contained. Additionally, in zero gravity, water forms perfect spheres. This atomic “stickiness” is also why water falls from clouds as droplets. Covalent bonding also happens to be the strongest atomic bond. Does this prove the Lennon/Harrison/McCartney/Starr assertion that “all you need is love”?

Okay, I was just having fun with that, but covalent bonding gives water several more fascinating properties. If you drank water today you swallowed a three billion year old beverage. Try drinking milk that’s even three days past expiration and you’ll get an idea of the amazing stability of water. Pure water has no expiration date. It is quite simply, the simplest and perhaps the most unusual liquid in the known universe. It’s properties account for the existence of life itself. This is why the first thing cosmologists are looking for on other planets is water (starting with searching for its hydrogen & oxygen components).

Many philosophers, scientists and spiritualists have waxed poetic about water’s properties and after

contemplating the covalent bond and recent research by Japanese scientist Masaru Emoto; I am about to do the same. Emoto’s recent microscopic photography of water crystals drew popular attention as well as criticism from other scientists.

Here’s my theorem on Emoto’s claims that his photographic experiments show water’s ability to hold the vibration of energy fields accompanying different varieties of human consciousness. (Disclaimer: The following paragraph is my "purespeculation").

Emoto photographed water crystals that he claimed had been exposed to various conscious energy fields and that these energy fields are visible in the crystals. (Click here if you’d like to see Masaru Emoto’s photography of water crystals under the “influence” of different fields of conscious energy.) My 3 a.m. speculation on this is that the interconnected structural lattice formed by the sharing of electrons is the connecting principle that might allow a body of water to hold conscious energy fields. The “lattice-like” architecture of molecules in a body of water is visual evidence of the inter-connectivity between all the molecules & therefore all the atoms in it. The electron sharing connects all the atoms and could, in a sense be the “wiring” that allows energy fields to be held/reflected. Emoto’s critics cite lack of controls in his experimental method and some dismiss his claims as pseudoscience. I haven’t studied his experimental methodology enough to know either way, but I do think the photos are gazing time well spent. What I’m more interested in is the covalent bond and often overlooked physical properties of water.

Regardless of what one thinks of Emoto’s science (or lack there of), we here in Florida directly experience water’s ability to hold and reflect energy. I’m not talking about conscious energy but the heat energy and effects of atmospheric pressure. Florida’s stable air temperature patterns are mostly because water surrounds the peninsula. Water has a far greater ability to hold heat energy than air. The violent transfers of the large amounts of energy that can be held by water can become overwhelmingly apparent during hurricane season. Hurricanes are often labeled “windstorms”, but it is the transfer of energy as water moves between different states (liquid/gaseous) under the influences of temperature, atmospheric pressure and planetary rotation that make oceanic cyclone winds in the first place. So, I think it can be said that hurricanes are more of a water storm than anything.

I’ve heard people ask why we can’t come up with a way to stop a hurricane. Answer: Too much energy in transfer between liquid & gaseous phases of water in a hot, low pressure vortex; too much momentum. This is where natural forces demand human respect. There’s nothing you can do but hunker down or run. Hurricane Katrina went from being a written-off tropical storm to a municipality-leveling monster when swirling low pressure met with liquid heat. Were these abnormally high oceanic temps due to manmade global warming? That’s the argument no human can definitively answer. Was Katrina a piece of planetary karma? A lyric from philosopher-warrior-poet Perry Farrell seems applicable here: “Will come a day the water will run and man will stand for things that he has done.” Okay, that was another fun editorial moment for me.

As stated earlier, some of the comments on how the covalent bond allows the absorption/reflection of

energy are my personal theories, but I’d enjoy feedback on my late-night molecular speculations. I lack the biological calculus skills to build the computer model that might demonstrate water’s ability to retain conscious energy, but all that aside; pure water is not something to take for granted. What remains of pure water on this planet is in some cases already being hoarded by private corporations who see “blue gold” in those unspoiled reserves. If there’s a dark side to recently environmentally admired T. Boone Pickens, it’s that he’s buying up huge tracts of land containing some of the last Texas fresh water reserves. Whether Pickens is doing this to protect water reserves or profit from them remains to be seen. Is water the new oil? This second article in my series on water was just to remind what water is. The forthcoming articles will examine planetary issues egarding the effects humankind is having on pure water and water challenges the Tampa Bay area faces.

In closing, I'd like to invite you to consider the throngs of humanity that cannot walk into a separate

room, turn a faucet and imbibe themselves in fresh water and the masses who walk miles just to get to the only available unspoiled supply in order to stave off complete dehydration. Water is an unalterable need for life and when you look under the hood, you see new worlds of why it is. Have a drink on me. I sincerely hope this first piece will invite you into a more respectful relationship to what makes up the physical majority of the entity that is you.

Respectfully submitted,








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#2 in a series on water, water conservation, and Tampa Bay's water problems.

Nearly every Westerner I have ever known takes fresh water completely for granted. Therefore, I figured I’d start this series on water with some facts about pure water. Approximately 90% of your body weight is water. Water composes roughly 60% of an average human male body, 55% of the average woman and somewhere between 70 and 80 percent of your brain. The exact amountscan differ by several percentage points depending on individual human weight and health, but no matter what the exact percentage, every living human is mostly water. Water covers roughly 71% of earth’s surface. So, what is water?

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