The Water Cycle

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The Water Cycle

The Water cycle

Lastly, the third step of the water cycle is called precipitation. This is when the clouds get too heavy and burst. When they burst, it rains or if it’s cold it can snow or there can hail or sleet. After the rain the water either…Sinks into the ground and becomes groundwater Lands in an ocean, lake, river or other body of waterOr becomes runoff which goes into a body of water (Runoff is like a small stream of water that runs into an ocean)

Did you know the water you’ve seen is the same water dinosaurs may have seen? It’s true, the same water has been here for thousands of years. Cool right!? Now, you may be asking why. well, that’s because of the water cycle.

Here are a few facts:Water becomes vapor (a gas) because the sun warms it up and it evaporates into the air.After evaporating, the vapor goes into the atmosphere and becomes a cloud, called condensation. Then the vapor turns back into water -or snow or hail- and falls to the ground, called precipitation.

The water cycle is VERY important to all living things because it supplies us with an unlimited source of water. Remember, water goes from evaporation, (becoming water vapor) then to condensation (becoming a cloud and freezing), and finally precipitation( coming back down as rain and snow). So next time you’re drinking a glass of water, think about how old that glass of water really is.

To begin with, let’s talk about evaporation. The sun is a major part of evaporation. Some call it “The Boss” of the water cycle because it evaporates the water so it can go in the atmosphere. But don’t underestimate evaporation, without it we would have ran out of water a long time ago! When the water evaporates, the drops are so small and light, that they just float into the atmosphere.

Speaking of the atmosphere, the next part of the water cycle happens there. The water floats all the way up into the atmosphere. The water freezes in the atmosphere, but it only does this when it is cold enough for the vapor to freeze. It will still be light enough to float. When the frozen water vapor collects up, it makes a cloud. This is called condensation.

By:Angel Fitzpatrick


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