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How does the sun, the moon, and gravity affect the water cycle
Transcript of How does the sun, the moon, and gravity affect the water cycle
The alternating pattern of rising and falling sea level with respect to land is what we know as the tides. What causes this "motion of the ocean"? In one word, gravity. Specifically, the gravitational forces of the Sun and Moon.
Tides are created because the Earth and the moon are attracted to each other, just like magnets are attracted to each other.
The moon tries to pull at anything on the Earth to bring it closer. But, the Earth is able to hold onto everything except the water and the moon is able to pull it. Most tides change about every 6 hours.
How does the sun affect water?
The sun heats water and causes evaporation and ultimately is the main cause of the water cycle.
Also, most people think that the moon alone causes tides, but the sun has an equal partnership in this. Both the moon and sun have a gravitational pull and certain times are when each one is pulling the earth.
Fortunately, the earth is able to resist but the water is pulled. This causes the tide. The sun is even responsible for warm currents on top of the ocean.
The tide is at it's strongest point during the new and full moon.
Gravity affects precipitation and runoff in the water cycle.
How does the sun, the moon, and gravity affect the water cycle?
The Water Cycle
is when the sun heats up water and turns it into vapor or steam.
- The difference in levels of ocean water at high tide and low tide
- A tide of increased range that occurs two times a month , at the new and full moons
- A tide of minimum range that occurs during the first and third quarters if the moon.
- A body of water that rushes up through a narrow bay or river channel during the rise of high tide and causes a sudden tidal rise.
- Shows the exact time of high tide and low tide for a certain time period in a certain place
- A tide that goes out or in every 12hr. and 25min.
Water vapor in the air gets cold and changes back into liquid, forming clouds. This is called
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.
When it ends up on land, it will either soak into the earth and become part of the “
Then it starts
ALL OVER AGAIN!!!!
By: David, Ben, Julie, and Katherine