THE FOUR MAIN STEPS OF THE WATER CYCLE
1. 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 vapour (gas). Water vapour droplets join together to make clouds!
2. Condensation: This is when water vapour in the air cools down and turns back into liquid water.
3. Precipitation: This is when water (in the form of rain, snow, hail or sleet) falls from clouds in the sky.
4. Collection: 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.