The Water Cycle
The water cycle is a process where water goes through 4 states:
Condensation, Precipitation, Evaporation, and Collection.
It is a continuous process of water changing its physical state.
It goes through three different states: Solid, Liquid, and Gas.
It changes between these states of matter with temperature.


Condensation: The change of a gas or vapor to a liquid, either by cooling or by being subjected to increased pressure. When water vapor cools in the atmosphere, for example, it condenses into tiny drops of water, which form clouds.
Precipitation:A form of water, such as rain, snow, or sleet, that condenses from the atmosphere, becomes too heavy to remain suspended, and falls to the Earth's surface. Different atmospheric conditions are responsible for the different forms of precipitation.
Evaporation: The change of a liquid into a vapor at a temperature below the boiling point. Evaporation takes place at the surface of a liquid, where molecules with the highest kinetic energy are able to escape. When this happens, the average kinetic energy of the liquid is lowered, and its temperature decreases.
Collection/ Surface Runoff:
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 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 repeats itself again.
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Condensation

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Precipitation

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Evaportation

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Surface Runoff

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Cycle Chart

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Cycle Chart

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Cycle Chart

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Cycle Chart




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