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  1. Water Cycle Kayla Mielitz

  2. What is the water cycle? • The cycle of processes by which water circulates between the earth’s ocean, atmosphere, and land, involving precipitation as rain, snow, drainage in streams and rivers, and returns to the atmosphere by evaporation and transpiration.

  3. Other names? • Hydrologic Cycle • H2O Cycle

  4. Stages of the water cycle • Evaporation • 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.

  5. evaporation

  6. Stages of the water cycle • Evaporation • 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. • Condensation • When water vapor in the air gets cold and changes back into liquid, forming clouds.

  7. condensation

  8. types of clouds • Cumulus • a globular cloud; a puffy white cloud, looks like cotton • Stratus • A large, dark, low cloud • Cirrus • A wispy white cloud (usually of fine ice crystals) at high altitude of 4 to 8 miles • Cumulonimbus • A dark cloud of great vertical extent charged with electricity; associated with thunderstorms

  9. Stages of the water cycle • Evaporation • 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. • Condensation • When water vapor in the air gets cold and changes back into liquid, forming clouds. • Precipitation • 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.

  10. precipitation

  11. Stages of the water cycle • Evaporation • 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. • Condensation • When water vapor in the air gets cold and changes back into liquid, forming clouds. • Precipitation • 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. • Collection • 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

  12. collection

  13. And then it starts all over again!!!