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.