The Water Cycle

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The Water Cycle



The Water Cycle

Drip’s JourneyOne day a water droplet named Drip was swimming lazily in the ocean. As the sun rose, he began to feel warm and noticed he was floating up toward the sky. His friend Drop looked at him and said, “Yeah! We are evaporating!” They rose high up into the sky. “What a great view,” he thought. Soon, he began to get cold. “Hey Drop,” he shouted, “Why is it getting so cold?” “We are condensing,” said Drop, “Soon we will form a cloud.” The cloud grew heavy as many drips and drops came together. They began to fall to the earth as precipitation. “Precipitation is water falling to the earth in the form of rain, snow, hail, or sleet,” Drop explained. It was Drip’s turn to fall. SPLAT! He landed in a stream. Some of his friends infiltrated into the ground and became groundwater. Others fell on concrete and stayed in puddles until the sun came out and evaporated them again. Some even became runoff, flowing downhill over the surface of the earth directly to a stream. Soon, Drip was moving slower, and everything was salty. “It seems like I have been here before,” Drip thought. “Of course you have,” said a familiar voice. It was Drop! “We are always traveling through the water cycle, and now we are back in the ocean. It could be a while before we evaporate again, but when we do, it will be a great adventure!”


Can you name the water cycles?


Precipitation occurs when so much water has condensed that the air cannot hold it anymore. The clouds get heavy and water falls back to the earth in the form of rain, hail, sleet or snow.

Water vapor in the air gets cold and changes back into liquid, forming clouds. This is called condensation.

When water falls back to earth as precipitation, it may fall back in the oceans, lakes or rivers or it may end up on land. When it ends up on land, it will either soak into the earth and become part of the “ground water” that plants and animals use to drink or it may run over the soil and collect in the oceans, lakes or rivers where the cycle starts

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Evaporation is when the Sun heats up water in rivers or lakes or the ocean and turns it into vapor or steam. The water vapor or steam leaves the river, lake or ocean and goes into the air.

1-The Sun 2-Condensation3-Evaporation 4-Percipitation5-Collection


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