What’s in a Drop water activities

What’s in a Drop is a range of fun and easy water activities and experiments. Water is essential for all life and is the most abundant substance on Earth, yet water scarcity is one of the biggest issues facing us today. These activities explore the properties of water, the water cycle and different habitats.

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Discover how much water you are using by doing a Water Audit. This is a fun way to learn about how water is used in the Urban Water Cycle.

Follow the journey of water down the river through the catchment to the sea. Water is essential for all forms of life and the small amount of available freshwater create competing pressures for our water resources. Different land uses in a catchment have different impacts out our precious water resources. Discover the impacts of land clearing, agriculture and urbanisation on our waterways.

Wetlands are a important parts of our natural environment. They protect our shores from storm surges, reduce the impacts of floods, absorb pollutants and improve water quality. Wetlands also provide habitat for animals and plants. 

These experiments look at the water cycle and why water is so important. Water is the most common substance found on earth and is essential for all forms of life. Water can dissolve nearly anything. It can exist as a gas (water vapour and steam), a liquid (water) and a solid (ice).

A catchment is an area where water is collected by the natural landscape. A catchment is usually surrounded by hills or mountains. Gravity causes rain, melting snow and other water in the catchment to run downhill where it flows into creeks, rivers, lakes and eventually the ocean. The challenge is to manage a river catchment so that after 100 years you have a healthy economy and a healthy environment.

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