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On the planet earth, most of the freshwater exists as ice caps and glaciers. Out of the remaining freshwater, the larges proportion
1. is found in atmosphere as moisture and clouds
2. is found in freshwater lakes and rivers
3. exists as groundwater
4. exists and soil moisture

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Correct Answer - Option 3 : exists as groundwater

The correct answer is: exists as groundwater.

  • Out of the total water present on the planet earth, the majority is in the form of seas and oceans (more than 97%) and is termed as a saline water.
  • The remaining water is termed as freshwater.
  • The decreasing order of proportion of freshwater in different forms is as follows:

snow caps, icebergs, and glaciers > groundwater > soil moistures > freshwater lakes > atmosphere > rivers

  • The following table gives the percentage of each water reservoir:
Reservoir Percentage
1. Oceans 97.25%
2. Icecaps and Glaciers 2.05%
3. Groundwater 0.68%
4. Lakes 0.01%
5. Soil Moisture 0.005%
6. Atmosphere 0.001%
7. Streams and River 0.0001%
8. Biosphere 0.00004%

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