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A Field Guide to Water

99% Invisible, Roman Mars

5 mins

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From marine biologists and submarine pilots to ice skaters and professional mermaids, this August 2021 episode of the 99% Invisible podcast explores what water means to different people and why it's so important to us.


A Field Guide to Water

A Field Guide to Water

by 99% Invisible


What does water mean to you? Water covers about 71% of our planet's surface, and it makes up 60% of our bodies. And yet, until we are faced with a shortage of water, we tend not to notice it.

The 99% Invisible podcast is all about exploring and revealing overlooked patterns in our surroundings. This episode from August 2021 deals with water — how it affects us and what it means to different people.

Created in collaboration with Pop-Up Magazine, A Field Guide to Water features the stories of 85-year-old synchronized swimmer Barbara Eison-White, the author of Why We Swim Bonnie Tsui, submarine pilot Erika Bergman, and many others.

Favorite quote

We know more about the surface of the moon than we do about the bottom of the ocean.

- Rhian Waller, deep-sea ecologist

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