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Water on Earth is constantly moving. It is recycled over and over again. This recycling process is called the water cycle. 1. Water evaporates into the air. The sun heats up water on land, in rivers, lakes and seas and turns it into water vapour. The water vapour rises into the air. 2. Water vapour condenses into clouds. Water vapour in the air cools down and changes back into tiny drops of liquid water, forming clouds. 3. Water falls as precipitation. The clouds get heavy and water falls back to the ground in the form of rain or snow. 4. Water returns to the sea. Rain water runs over the land and collects in lakes or rivers, which take it back to the sea. The cycle starts all over again.
In the water cycle, condensation, evaporation, & precipitation describe the three majors movements of water in the environment. Precipitation is essentially rain, which as we know falls to the ground. It then gets evaporated changing from a liquid to a gas state. The accumulation of this water vapor forms clouds. When clouds turn into rain, the water goes from a gaseous to a liquid state, also known as condensation.
There is an abundance of water on Earth as it is already. Let’s start off with evaporation. The water that’s on the surface of the earth is turned from liquid to gas (water vapour) as it leaves the surface and enters the earths atmospshere. This happens due to the sun. Then we have condensation. This turns that water vapour back into liquid which forms all the clouds above. Thereafter as the clouds get heavier we have precipitation. This is when water is released from the clouds in the form of rain, snow, sleet or hail.
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