6th Class Science Weather, Air and Water Water


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*        Water


Water is formed by the chemical composition of hydrogen and oxygen. One molecule of water \[({{H}_{2}}O)\] has two atoms of hydrogen and one atom of oxygen. Both elements, hydrogen and oxygen are combined with covalent bond. The balanced chemical equation for the formation of water molecules is as follows:


                           \[2{{H}_{2}}\]                                                     \[{{O}_{2}}\]                                                       \[2{{H}_{2}}O\]

    (two molecules of hydrogen)                  (one molecule of oxygen)                       (two molecules of water)


The earth is covered with 71 % of water and oceans contain the most part of water (97 %) present on the earth. The glaciers and polar ice caps cover 2.4 % of water and rest of the water is found in rivers, ponds and below the ground of the earth.

Water is odorless, colourless and transparent liquid. It can dissolve most of the available substances, therefore, it is called universal solvent. Changing of water into water vapour and then again into water on the earth goes through a cycle which is called water cycle.


Look at the following picture of water cycle:


Water cycle is also called the hydrologic cycle. It is defined as the continuous formation of water by changing the forms of water. Forms of water changes in a water cycle. The water which is stored in the ocean, rivers, glaciers and any other medium evaporates by the solar energy and convert into clouds or water droplets for precipitation. Therefore, the balance of water on the earth remains unchanged due to each molecule of water comes on the earth and go in the atmosphere and again comes back. In this process, water goes through all three states of matter, like, solid in the form of ice, liquid in the form of water and gas in the form of water vapor.


*           Different Processes in the Water Cycle


Let's study about the processes, which keeps water cycle goes on continue.


*            Evaporation

The forms of water on the earth are in liquid and solid. Both the forms of water do not have the ability to move upwards on their own. Water converts into gas by the energy radiated from the sun. The solid form of water like, ice and snow directly converts into water vapor, called sublimation. The process by which water converts into gas or water vapor is called evaporation.


*           Condensation

Condensation process is the reverse of evaporation. After evaporation of water, molecules of water vapors in the atmosphere slowly move down towards the earth surface due to the earth's gravity. These molecules of water in the atmosphere causes less intermolecular distance and form clouds and water droplets. The process, in which water vapor converts into water droplets is called condensation. For example, water vapor presents in the air due to the evaporation and transpiration converts into water droplets on the outer body of the cold water containing bottle.


*           Precipitation

Condensed water vapor falls on the earth in the form of rain, snow, fog drip, etc. is called precipitation.


*          Infiltration

The flow of water from the ground to the underground is filtered by the soil particles. The underground water makes the soil moist and rest part of water is stored below the ground which is known as the underground water.


*           Sources of Water

Fresh water is required for every human being and for those living organism to survive on land. The taste of sea water is salty, therefore, cannot be used for drinking and agriculture purposes. Some part of water on the earth is present in the form of glaciers which is also the source of fresh water.

The different sources of water can be divided into two groups:

(a) Surf ace water

(b) Underground water


*           Surface Water

The water which is found in the different water bodies on the surface of the earth is known as the surface water.

The following are the sources of surface water:

(i) Sea water

(ii) River and lake water

(iii) Rain water

Sea Water: Seas or oceans are the sources of water. The sea or ocean water is not used for drinking purpose, but these are the sources to form droplets of water in the atmosphere for precipitation. Therefore, huge amount of water is evaporated from the seas which causes the precipitations. Sea water contains sodium chloride which causes the salty taste of water. The density of the sea water is more as compare to the fresh water.

River and Lake Water: The flow of water from the melted glaciers of the mountains, form a path to travel towards the lower region, from the upper region and is called river.

River water is the fresh water; but it contains impurities. This is because it travels long distance from its origin. River water contains soluble and insoluble impurities which is filtered and treated for the drinking purpose. Some suspended particles like, bacteria, clay, organic matter in the river water make it muddy.

A large hollow water area on the earth's surface is known as Lake. Lake is the water body of still fresh water. There are various natural processes for the formation of Lakes. Lake gets the water from the rivers and rain.

Rain Water : Water on the earth evaporates and condensed in the atmosphere to form water droplets. These droplets of waterfall on the ground and is called rain water. Rain water is the purest form of natural water because it converts from the gas form of water into liquid form. The gases and dust particles in the atmosphere also fall with the water droplets on the ground. Rain water falls on the ground along with atmospheric gases like, carbon dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, ammonia, sulfur dioxide, etc.


*           Underground Water

The water below the ground is called underground water. Underground water is not always potable and it contains impurities and bacteria. Ground water is treated by the various processes for making it potable water. The following are the sources of underground water:

(i) Well water

(ii) Spring water

Well Water: Well water is obtained from underground through water dispense mechanism called bore well, hand pump and well. Well water also contains carbon dioxide, salt and minerals. Well water is used for drinking, irrigation, etc.

Spring Water: Spring water flows from underground to the surface of the earth. It does not have suspended particles and impurities. Spring water contains lots of minerals like, soluble salts of Na, K, Fe, Ca, etc. which are dissolved in it. It also contains gases which makes it tasty for drinking.


*           Water Pollution

Water is required for every living organism. Life is not possible without water.


The presence of unwanted materials in the water is called water pollution and unwanted material is called pollutants. There is less amount of potable water worldwide. But these sources of potable water get polluted by the human activities like, throwing of unwanted substances from the industry in rivers and flow of drainage in the river. Human and animal excreta in the open places are mixed with the rain water and flow into the nearby water sources. The harmful microorganisms in the waste of living organism cause the diseases like, jaundice, diarrhoea, etc.

Water pollution can be reduced by taking the preventive measures like, flow of treated sewage in the rivers, not throwing the dead bodies of animals in the rivers, etc. The throwing of chemicals from the industries in the river causes the harmful effect on the living organism which depend on the river for drinking and living. Dumping of chemicals not only affect the life of animal which depend on river for drinking, it also affects the aquatic life. Textile industries use the compounds of metals like, chromium, lead, cadmium, mercury, etc. These chemicals are the highly toxic and harmful for the lives. Excess use of fertilizers in land ultimately flows into the nearby water bodies and pollutes them.




question mark        Consider the following statements:

Statement 1: Water is called the universal solvent because, it has capacity to dissolve most of the substances.

Statement 2: Water is called the universal solvent because, it has capacity to freeze at. zero degree Celsius.

Which one of the following is correct about the above statements?

(a) Statement 1 is false and 2 is true

(b) Statement 1 is true and 2 is false

(c) Both statements are true

(d) Both statements are false

(e) None of these


Answer: (b)

Water is called the universal solvent because, it has capacity to dissolve most of the substances. Therefore, option (b) is correct and rest of the options is incorrect.



question mark      Which one of the following statements is true about the potable water?

(a) Potable water cannot be used for irrigation

(b) Potable water cannot be used for dissolving chemicals

(c) Potable water cannot be used for drinking

(d) All of these

(e) None of these


Answer: (e)


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