RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 42921366 LA English T1 Life's matrix : a biography of water A1 Ball, Philip,, PB Farrar, Straus, and Giroux PP New York YR 2000 SN 0374186286 9780374186289 AB "Life's Matrix tells of water's origins, its history, and its fascinating pervasiveness: there are, for example, at least fourteen different forms of ice. An exploration of water on other planets highlights the possibilities of life beyond Earth. Life's Matrix reveals the unexpected in the most ordinary places - a drop of dew, a frozen pond, a cup of coffee - and the familiar in unexpected settings. There is water on the sun and the moon, at the heart of molecular biology, at the core of a cell, and there may be enough of it beneath the surface of the Earth to refill the oceans thirty times over. Life's Matrix also surveys the grim realities of our natural resources, and shows how water will become a scarce commodity in the twenty-first century."--Jacket.