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World Water Day is observed on March 22 every year. The day to recognize the importance of earth's most precious natural resource was proposed 20 years ago at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development. While we often take water for granted, many cannot. And water plays a role in almost everything we do. We drink it, wash in it, play in it, generate power with it, irrigate crops with it, travel and transport goods on it, fight fires with it, and worship with it. Gathered here are images of water from the last year in all its uses, in scarcity and in abundance. -- Lane Turner (48 photos total)
A child bathes from a public tap in his neighborhood in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on March 6, 2012. A UNICEF report says unhygienic conditions cause an estimated 1. 2 million child deaths before the age of five from diarrhea worldwide every year. The report says in urban areas access to improved water and sanitation is not keeping pace with population growth. (Eranga Jayawardena/Associated Press)

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SUITED UP: The crew of a nuclear submarine participated in a drill in Murmansk, Russia, Friday. (Russian Look/Zuma Press)

PROTESTING IN PAKISTAN: Members of the Tehreek-e-Insaaf and Jamaat-e-Islami parties clashed with police Friday in Islamabad, Pakistan, as they protested against U.S. drone strikes and the release of CIA contractor Raymond Davis after he said he shot two men in self-defense. (Aamir Qureshi/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

MAN ON FIRE: An Israeli border police officer was engulfed by flames after a Molotov cocktail was thrown at him during clashes in the mostly Arab neighborhood of Silwan, East Jerusalem, Friday. Officials said the officer was only ‘slightly’ injured, but was taken to a hospital. (Ammar Awad/Reuters)

BAGS OF BONES: Workers bagged bones that were found in a mine in Gwanda, Zimbabwe, Tuesday. Local media reported that mass graves possibly containing thousands of bodies were found at the mine. (Zuma Press)

IN TRANSIT: Ghanaians sat near garbage at a camp after leaving Libya, where pro-Gadhafi forces continued to shell Ajdabiya and Misrata, despite declaring a cease-fire Friday. (Joel Saget/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

BACK HOME: Former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide returned home Friday to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, after spending seven years in exile. Mr. Aristide immediately took a swipe at the decision to bar his political party from the country’s presidential election. (Alexandre Meneghini/Associated Press)

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LANDMINE VICTIM: Landmine victim Paak Bivi posed for a picture outside her house in a poor neighborhood of Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday. The girl and her grandmother each lost a foot after stepping on a landmine in 2010. (Dar Yasin/Associated Press)

IN ABIDJAN: A doctor treated a patient in a health clinic after security forces loyal to embattled President Laurent Gbagbo opened fire on civilians in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Tuesday. The man being treated lived, but the man whose feet are shown was among at least four protesters who were killed. (Rebecca Blackwell/Associated Press)

CRATE AND CARRY: A trader salvaged a crate of soda as fire engulfed the Deep Sea slum in Nairobi, Kenya, Tuesday, displacing thousands of residents. (Thomas Mukoya/Reuters)

BOMBING SCENE: A rescue worker searched for victims amid rubble left by a car bomb in Faisalabad, Pakistan, Tuesday. The blast near a military-intelligence agency killed at least 20 people and wounded more than 100. (Aamir Qureshi/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

FREE AT HEART: Aiala Zaldibar, a suspected Basque activist fugitive from Spain, raised her handcuffed fists into the air as she left a courthouse in Pau, France, Tuesday. She is accused of belonging to the banned separatist movement Segi. (Bob Edme/Associated Press)

ALL TOGETHER NOW: France’s Rugby Union national team trained with an electronic scrimmage simulator in Marcoussis, France, Tuesday. The team plays Italy on March 12. (Franck Fife/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

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