Dynamic Earth. MST Inquiry Unit Katherine Vazquez Priyanka Puri. Overview. This six lesson unit was designed to foster scientific critical thinking, mathematical skills and representation, and reading proficiency
MST Inquiry Unit
Role of the Sun in the Water Cycle
During the process of the water cycle, the Sun provides thermal energy to the Earth's surface water which is the key to evaporation. The Sun heats bodies of water which then evaporates into the atmosphere becoming water vapor. The water vapor then condenses and cools, becoming precipitation before falling back to the Earth in the form of surface runoff, snow, hail etc.
Without the Sun's thermal energy, the whole water cycle will cease to work.