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Dinosaur Water And Data Centers

September 19, 2012
at 10:00 am PST

I love it when a small discovery causes me think about the big picture.

I’ve been researching water-related factoids for this week’s Data Center Deconstructed video on hydropower.  Along the way, I uncovered this tidbit from the U.S. Geological Survey:

The Earth is pretty much a closed system, like a terrarium.  That means the earth neither, as a whole, gains nor loses much matter, including water… The same water that existed on Earth millions of years ago is still here.  Thanks to the water cycle, the same water is continually being recycled all around the globe.

Wait.  When it rains that’s some of the same water that rained on the dinosaurs?!

That’s amazing.  (Well, amazing to me.  I mentioned this to a friend’s second-grade son and the boy’s response was “Ewww!”)

So, how about using some of that dinosaur water to help power a Data Center?

While we’re pondering alternative energy options check out the last Data Center Deconstructed segment that explored using wind energy to power a Data Center.

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