WEEEEE! This is so much fun! I can't wait to evaporate again!
Hi! This is the Drip the friendly water droplet. He will be showing you the water cycle! Drip's journey starts with evaporation. It is a process where water at the surface of oceans, lakes, and streams turns into water vapor. With this process, Drip will rise from the bodies of water into the atmosphere. When he evaporates, he cools the area around him.
YUK! Why is there so much TRASH?!
As Drip vaporizes into water vapor, he rises into the atmosphere. As he reaches high altitudes, he changes into tiny particles of water because the decreasing temperature of the high altitudes. This process is called condensation. These particles come together and form clouds and fog in the sky.
The groud is so soft!
As Drip and his other water droplet friends fall back to the surface, some of it is absorbed by the soil. This step is called infiltration, which will be descrivbed later. The roots of plants absorb the water, (along with Drip inside!), and push it up towards the leaves for photosynthesis. The extra water is pushed out the leaves as water vapor. This is a similar process to evaporation, and it also has a cooling effect. This stage is called transpiration.
Here we go again!
There is a lot of extra water which does not get infiltrated. This water, like the name, flows over the surfaces in which the water cannot penetrate through. Along the way, it picks up up dirt and trash, which then ultimately ends up in the ocean.
As mentioned before, infiltration is the stage in which the water which was let go by the clouds seeps into the ground. There are many different speeds and rates in which the water infultrates for each surface, but it was discovered that the surface that had the average time would sustain the most life.
After all these parts of the cycle, Drip will ultimately repeat the cycle many times. The water falling on land collects in rivers and lakes, soil, and the rest of it flows back into the oceans, where it will evaporate again.