The Water Cycle

The earth only has a limited amount of water, so the water we do have keeps going around and around and around and around! This "around and around" is called The Water Cycle!

Evaporation is when the sun heats up water and turns it into vapor. This vapor rises up and up and up into our air!

After evaporation turns the water into vapor, that vapor undergoes a process that turns it into clouds! That process is called condensation. During condensation, vapor gets colder and starts to change back into liquid which forms clouds.

We can see condensation happen at home, too! That's what's happening when your water bottle starts to sweat!

Once so much water has condensed in the air, it gets way too heavy to hold. This is when we see precipitation. Precipitation can be rain, snow, sleet, or hail.

Finally, after the water returns to earth, it lands all over the place. The water can get soaked up in the ground and be used to nourish plants, animals or people, or it could fall into an ocean, river or lake! After this, the cycle starts all over again!

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