The SUN has a lot to do with it!
Day and Night
High tide and low tide
The balance of water on Earth remains constant as the water moves from one
place to another. We have the same amount of water now as has always been
present on Earth
Water as SOLID
Ice caps and glaciers
Water as LIQUID
rivers, oceans, lakes and streams
Water as a GAS
Water EVAPORATING. you may not see this but in some places you can feel when there is a lot of water vapor its know to be humid
Where does water go?
it all starts with the SUN
The Sun provides the thermal energy (heat) needed to drive the water cycle. It all
begins with the Sun! The ocean is a large body of water where
much of the evaporation of water occurs.
Evaporation occurs when the ocean (or other body of water) absorbs heat from the
Sun and turns water into water vapor. (liquid to a gas)
Condensation occurs when water vapor in the air is cooled and becomes liquid again.
(gas to a liquid)
Condensed water in the air forms clouds.
Precipitation occurs when the air is saturated and cannot hold any more liquid.
□ Precipitation is water that falls back to the Earth in the form of rain, hail, sleet, or
snow. □ When water falls back to Earth as precipitation, some will soak into the
ground, and some will become run off -water that returns to the ocean.