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The Water Cycle
Transcript of The Water Cycle
THE WATER CYCLE
The Water Cycle is made
up of four different parts:
Evaporation is when the sun heats up water in rivers or lakes or the ocean and turns it into vapor or steam. The water vapor or steam leaves the river, lake or ocean and goes into the air.
Steam is a form of evaporation.
(Yes, that's steam!)
Water vapor in the air gets
cold and changes back into
liquid, forming clouds.
Pour a glass of cold water on a hot day and watch what happens. Water forms on the outside of the glass.
That water didn't
somehow leak through the
glass! It actually came
from the air.
Precipitation occurs when so much water has condensed that the air cannot hold it anymore. The clouds get heavy and water falls back to the earth.
It can be rain...
When water falls back to earth as precipitation, it may fall back in the oceans, lakes or rivers or it may end up on land. When it ends up on land, it will either soak into the earth and become part of the “ground water” that plants and animals use to drink or it may run over the soil and collect in the oceans, lakes or rivers where the cycle starts...
There are some awesome videos explaining this process! Here's a great one.
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