Water Cycle Facts

Water Cycle Facts
The water cycle describes the movement of water throughout Earth's surface, atmosphere, and underground. Water is constantly moving from one place to another through the processes of evaporation, precipitation, transpiration, condensation, and runoff. Water in the water cycle can exist as a solid, liquid, or gas. The water cycle is very important to life on Earth.
Interesting Water Cycle Facts:
Water is a resource that cannot be created by man.
The sun is the driving force of the water cycle.
Whenever water changes from one state to another and moves from one place to another, it either gives off energy or absorbs energy.
Transpiration is the process by which water evaporates from plant leaves into the atmosphere.
When water evaporates into the atmosphere, it cools and condenses to form clouds through a process called condensation.
Aquifers are underground water reservoirs made of rocks and minerals that store freshwater.
Groundwater or water stored in the Earth's surface can remain there for thousands of years before moving.
Really old groundwater is called fossil water.
About 70% of the Earth's surface is covered with water.
Water is not only stored underground but also in icecaps, snow, and glaciers.
Water is constantly being recycled so the water you drink today could be the same water dinosaurs drank millions of years ago.
When the clouds get too heavy from collecting water, they release it through a process called precipitation.
Precipitation can occur in the form of falling rain, sleet, snow, or hail.
After water falls during precipitation, it either becomes a part of a body of water like an ocean or lake or it seeps into the ground.
Only about 3% of the water on Earth is freshwater or water that we can drink.

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