The water cycle
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I am a water molecule. H20!
There are millions of water molecules just like me in this lake.
When the sun comes out, we gain thermal energy and turn into a gas called water vapor. You can't see me in this form, but I am still there!
When this happens, we start to rise. This is called evaporation!
As I rise, temperatures get colder, and I begin to turn back into liquid water.
I stick to the dust particles in the air and form a cloud. This is called condensation.
It gets crowded up here, and the cloud starts to get heavy.
Once the cloud gets too crowded, we rain back down. This is called precipitation
Another way that water evaporates is through a process called transpiration. This is when water is evaporated off of plants.
After I am rained down, I accumulate, or collect in a body of water. Then, I wait for the cycle to repeat!
When rain runs down the mountain, it is called runoff.
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