This is the Sun. This provides the energy that powers the...
This is the Sun. This provides the energy that powers the Water Cycle.
The oceans are where most of Earth's water can be found. Energy from the Sun causes water to evaporate from the ocean and enters the atmosphere.
Lakes collect and store water. Water evaporates from lakes and enters the atmosphere.
Water falls back to Earth's surface in precipitation like rain.
Water falls back to Earth's surface in precipitation like snow.
Water condenses in the atmosphere and forms clouds. Clouds move around above the surface according to weather patterns.
There is a lot of freshwater (as opposed to the salt water found in oceans) that is stored in ice and snow. Gradually this snow melts and feeds streams, rivers, lakes, and replenishes groundwater.
Watch this video from the National Science Foundation that explains the water cycle. www.youtube.com This video uses animation, graphics, and video clips to illustrate and explain each of the "flow" and "storage" processes in the Hydrologic Cycle, more commo...

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