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Encyclopedia of Snow, Ice and Glaciers

Part of the series Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences Series pp 303-303

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Fresh Water Storage

  • Pratima PandeyAffiliated withCentre of Studies in Resources Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay Email author 

Definition

Freshwater is naturally occurring water on the earth. The source of almost all freshwater is precipitation (rain and snow). Snow and glaciers are considered as a huge storehouse of freshwater. The release of fresh water from the glaciers provides valuable natural resources in the form of rivers, lakes, springs, and streams. Freshwater can be defined as water with less than 500 parts per million (ppm) of dissolved salts.

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