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  •  Clouds and mist cover a mountain along a braided river.
    Rights: Public domain Published 4 April 2023 Size: 1.7 MB Referencing Hub media

    Ki uta ki tai refers to the concept of from the mountains to the sea. It acknowledges the journey that water makes across the land. Freshwater begins this journey as precipitation in the atmosphere and becomes part of freshwater systems that include streams, rivers, lakes, wetlands and estuaries – before flowing to the sea or returning to the atmosphere. Freshwater is also held/stored as groundwater and in glaciers.

    The following resources provide information about some of the components of freshwater systems.




    Image: Braided river, Canterbury. Public domain.

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