Water Cycle (Example)

Water Cycle (Example)

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  • Evaporation
  • Ocean
  • Atmosphere
  • Condensation
  • Ocean
  • Atmosphere
  • Precipitation
  • When light energy from the Sun in the form of radiation hits liquid water on the Earth's surface, the water goes through a process called evaporation. Evaporation the physical change of a liquid to a gas only at the surface. 
  • Runoff
  • As water vapor rises into the atmosphere, it cools and turns back into small water droplets. This process is called condensation and is responsible for clouds. 
  • Infiltration
  • As condensation continues, the water droplets get heavier and heavier until finally they fall back to Earth's surface as rain, snow, or hail. This is called precipitation. 
  • Transpiration
  • Much of the water that fall to the surface as precipitation flows over the ground in creeks and rivers, some of which collects in lakes, reservoirs, and the ocean.
  • The water that doesn't flow into rivers and other bodies of water seeps into the ground and gets stored as groundwater in subterranean aquifers. This is called infiltration. 
  • Groundwater 
  • Similar to evaporation in that it involves liquid water changing to a water vapor, transpiration is different because the water vapor comes out of the leaves of plants instead of a body of water. 
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