Stevie the water drop is going to take you on a trip through the water cycle! You can learn about evaporation, condensation, precipitation, and much more!
Hi! My name is Stevie and I live here in this lovely body of water! I go through the water cycle pretty often, and today I'm going to walk you through it so so you can earn your prized Water Cycle Badges.
The first step of the water cycle is evaporation! Evaporation is when water changes from a liquid to a gas because of energy transfers. In our case thermal energy causes me and my buds to turn into water vapor.
Thermal energy from the sun excites the molecules in the water and they move faster and faster until they become a gas, water vapor!
Once we're up high in the atmosphere, we cool down(lose thermal energy)and collect onto particles in the air like dust and dirt.
When we condense like this and become water droplets again, my friends and I form clouds!
Our water molecules actually slow down when we cool get a bit closer, turning us into a liquid.
This part is the most fun. When the clouds get heavy and full of water, they release all the water in the form of rain, hail, sleet, etc.
This is how water comes back down to the ground!
Peyton is getting soaked into the ground and feeding the trees! This is called transpiration and she can be evaporated through pores in the plants as well!
Some of us fall back into bodies of water like me. This is called sublimation.
Britney here is part of run-off. She runs off this drop. Her and her run-off buddies can cause erosion!
Oh boy! It has been a lot of fun teaching you about the water cycle. I hope you enjoyed learning. Here's your new Water Scout Badge!