One may have some knowledge of the hydrological cycle and may take this for granted. Without this cycle or even without one of its stages it could create catastrophic events.

The Six Stages of the Hydrological Cycle

  • Vapor
  • Condensation
  • Sublimination
  • Precipitation
  • Transpiration
  • Runoff

Water and the Human Body

Taking away all the different purposes that we use water for, the one that is most important is human consumption. Some may think that they cannot survive without food, which is true. But, they can last a lot longer without nutrition than they can without water. It has to be remembered that the body of the average human is comprised of about 60% water. When the body is being deprived of water, it is going to start using its own natural resources. This is going to lead eventually to dehydration followed by organ failure. It is estimated that the maximum time the average individual could survive without water would be about four days.

Bathing is a commodity that most of us can enjoy. But, what would happen if no water was available and one could not bathe for a month or more? To begin with, bathing helps to reduce the germs and bacteria that accumulate on the skin. The skin is the biggest organ of the body. If bacteria is not removed from the skin, it greatly increases the risk for infection.

There is a skin condition that has been recognized as a result of lack of bathing. It is called Dermatitis Neglecta. The symptoms are large brown patches that form on the skin. Finally, there is the social aspect of it. If a large number of people simply because of lack of water could not bathe the body odour would become unbearable. People would begin to isolate themselves.

These are just a few simple but important reasons why the hydrological cycle is so critically important.