The Water Cycle
Updated: 9/9/2020
The Water Cycle

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  • The Water Cycle (Hydrologic Cycle) first starts with evaporation.
  • Evaporation is the process of water molecules becoming vaporized when absorbed into the atmosphere from the ocean.
  • The absorbed water molecule will then move to condensation.
  • Condensation is the process by which water vapor turns into liquid water. It is also responsible for the formation of clouds.
  • After clouds are formed, water is the is released from the clouds-otherwise known as precipitation.
  • Precipitation falls in the form of rain, sleet, snow, or hail. It is the connection that delivers atmospheric water to the earth.
  • Water can also be absorbed by plant roots and put into the atmosphere as a form of vapor through the leaves. This process is called Transpiration.
  • After the process of precipitation, the water that did not get absorbed into the ground or evaporated, slowly made its way to be collected in a larger body of water.
  • This step is known as Runoff . Runoff causes erosion while moving towards a body of water. Human activities like damming rivers can impact the water cycle-especially the runoff process- as it blocks the rivers that receive the runoff from precipitation to feeding into larger bodies of water.
  • The last step of the water cycle is Accumulation. This occurs when water is collected through precipitation and runoff. It also is where the cycle begins again.