The Water Cycle

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  • The Water Cycle
  • Hello! My name is Jim and I'll be telling you all about the water cycle.
  • By: Thomas Mallett
  • The first step in the water cycle is when the clouds become saturated, called precipitation. This then causes them to release water in the form of rain, snow, or hail. This may cause the water to accumulate into a small pond or a stream like this one. This is known as "storage".
  • Now, animals like this frog and turtle are able to drink from this river. It also is a good place for organisms to raise their new born.
  • Now that the rain has fallen, some of it will go into the ground, known as groundwater. Plants and animals will use this water such as this tree. This process, called transpiration, is where water is evaporated from the leaves of trees.
  • The next step in the water cycle is called evaporation. This is when the sun heats sources of water and the droplets evaporate and turn into water vapor.
  • The final step in the water cycle is called condensation. This is when the water vapor gets to the cooler air in the earth's atmosphere. It then condeses or turns into a liquid, water. This water then condenses to form clouds.
  • We have now arrived at the end of the water cycle. However, this cycle will never end and this process repeats starting with precipitation all the way to condensation. Thanks for listening! Bye!
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