Human Impact on the Water Cycle 3
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Climate change also affects glaciers. Glaciers are storage areas for water, that can store water for thousands of years!
If the atmosphere (another storage area, holding water in gaseous form) is warming, the glaciers melt. The melted glacier then flows into the ocean, causing the sea level to rise.
The ocean is another storage area of water. When ocean water warms, it expands. This means that the ocean will keep getting bigger.
Clouds are another storage area of water. They are created when water molecules are evaporated and go into the atmosphere.
The molecules lose energy from the coolness of the atmosphere, slow down, and condense to become clouds. They cling on to dust particles.
The sun is what causes the water molecules to go through different changes, such as being able to condense. The sun is the way that these molecules lose and gain energy.
Gravity is another force that propels the movement of water in this cycle. It is what brings rain down from the clouds, and it is what makes percolation happen, moving water throughout soil.
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