水是生命之源。不仅如此,水还是一种极其重要的地球资源,它哺育了众多古老的人类文明,同时也是现代工业文明不可或缺的血脉。可以说,对水资源的开发和利用贯穿了整个人类文明的历史。《水资源》科普专栏在回顾历史的同时,也利用大量的图表和数据,阐述了水资源的现状和所面临的种种不容乐观的问题,深刻检讨了人类行为对水资源的种种影响。此外,本专栏还用相当篇幅介绍了三峡工程、南水北调等世纪性水利工程,以期广大读者能对我国现阶段水资源的开发利用有一个全面的了解。
  Water is essential for life. As a very important natural resource on the Earth, water is crucial for sustainable development. It is the very foundation of modern civilization and industry. The primary focus of this section, water resource, is to review how water resource were developed and utilized in the past and to discuss its current conditions and problems. Various statistical data, charts, pictures and case studies deliver a consensus that protection of water resource is the urgent task of our human being.
  As a side box, Three-Gorges dam, South-to-North Water Transfers program and some other important hydraulic and hydroelectric projects are introduced in this section. We hope to provide a wide perspective and multi-facet view to the development and utilization of water resources in China nowadays.