The Water Cycle
By Megan & Jayda
What is The Water Cycle?
How many steps are in The Water Cycle?
Evaporation: This is when warmth from the sun causes water from oceans, lakes, streams, ice and soils to rise into the air and turn into water vapor (gas). Water vapor droplets join together to make clouds!
Condensation: This is when water vapor in the air cools down and turns back into liquid water.
Precipitation: This is when water (in the form of rain, snow, hail or sleet) falls from clouds in the sky.
Filtration: This is when water that falls from the clouds as rain, snow, hail or sleet, collects in the oceans, rivers, lakes, streams. Most will infiltrate (soak into) the ground and will collect as underground water.
The water cycle is powered by the sun's energy and by gravity. The sun kickstarts the whole cycle by heating all the Earth's water and making it evaporate. Gravity makes the moisture fall back to Earth.