The Ever Changing Life of a Water Droplet By: Farhan Abdelkadir
Hey there! I'm Walter the water droplet, but some of my friends call me Walter the water molecule because I'm made out of H20 which means I have two hydrogen molecules and 1 oxygen molecule. I'm stuck on a very big hand right now. Don't worry though, it's very hot outside so soon I'll evaporate. Evaporation is when a liquid becomes a gas due to solar radiation, which is when the suns heat makes me go into the atmosphere and become a cloud. The atmosphere is where most of the clouds live and go somewhere to precipitate in a new area.
Wait, hold up, I didn't pay attention now I have evaporated into a gas. Now I'm... Walter the water vapor! Now I'm a gas and I'm going to the clouds to become part of them, this is going to be an awesome field trip!
We have arrived at our destination and before we get ready to precipitate a lot of the water vapor in the cloud has to go through a process called condensation. Condensation is when gas turns into liquid and then the clouds will start to precipitate. Precipitation is when I and a bunch of other water droplets change from gas to liquid and we fall back to Earth with the help of gravity. Gravity is a force that makes a pull on things that are on Earth.
Some of my friends and I became runoff and that means after we precipitated onto an area with a slope and we slide down it. Some of my friends freeze in super cold areas and later go through sublimation. Sublimation is when a solid becomes a gas. Unlike them , I go into a body of water and then I go down and turn into ground water. Ground water is water that went into the ground.
So when I became ground water in a spring, which is a body of water that results from aquifer over flowing, I along with some of my friends go into a permeable rocks which are rocks that unlike impermeable rocks can absorb water. Aquifers are underground layers of permeable rocks that are filled with water.
Eventually some people drill into the aquifer of the spring that I live in and make an Artesian well which is a well that goes down to an aquifer. Eventually the same very big hand I was in came and scooped me up from the well, and I was in the same place I started. The End.