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Blue Planet

Ours is the blue planet, and the hallmark of life on Earth is water. But where did this colorless, odorless liquid first come from? Recent discoveries in astrophysics suggest that water is not native to Earth but rather was imported from the edges of our solar system as ice trapped in comets. Scientists think this water was first delivered here more than four billion years ago. During the meteor shower that gave the Moon most of its craters, Earth received five hundred times more "hits" than its moon did; since the planet has a greater critical mass than its satellite, Earth was also able to hold on to much of the water from the ice.The ice within comets traps noble gases as well as a cocktail of other chemicals, such as silicates, carbons, and interplanetary dust, so these elements have likely always been present in Earth’s water. (Comets may have also brought amino acids, the building blocks of biogenetic activity, to Earth.) Eventually, water became one of the most important sub stances on Earth but for civilizations to advance, it needed to be controlled.

Because water is necessary to life, it has spiritual meaning in every culture. In desert-based religions, for example, water is often a symbol of life or purification. Streams, springs, and spas have a long tradition of religious significance and have been especially associated with fertility. Many well-known curative waters have been distributed throughout Europe as luxury drinks since ancient Roman times.This mineral water was sold in stoneware jars, porcelain demi-jars, and, later, glass containers and bottles. They believed that various springs had healing powers. Just like the Kraljevska water, numerous springs whose water is today bottled have a fascinating past.

A legend says that water from the Radakovica spring was transported to Bobovac through four- kilometer-long wooden pipes.