By Science Alert Staff
This amazing graphic reveals the incredibly delicate balance that maintains the Earth as the only known habitable planet in the universe.
Created by Félix Pharand-Deschênes, CEO of the non-profit science communication organisation, Globaïa, this graphic shows the 1.4087 billion cubic kilometres of water in the world - including oceans, ice lakes, rivers, clouds, and ground water – in relation to the 5,140 trillion tonnes of air in our atmosphere. The air has been gathered up into a perfect sphere at sea-level density. The grey Earth in the background is to scale.
And here’s an earlier visualisation, with of all the Earth’s water, to scale, ranging from largest source to smallest source: