The Water Cycle
Water Cycle is a process that water goes through between land, sea and atmosphere. The water is recycled around, you don’t get new water. The water cycle can change throughout the process to a gas, solid and a liquid. There are five steps of the water cycle, they are evaporation, condensation, precipitation and runoff/groundwater.
Evaporation is when the sun heats up the water in lakes, oceans, streams and rivers and turns them into a gas. When the water vapor is in the air it is called humidity. Water evaporates more when it’s hot, that’s why it’s more humored in hot places. Evaporation is an invisible process. After the water turns into a gas it goes into the atmosphere, it forms clouds which is condensation.
Condensation is the gas and dust forming the clouds. Precipitation is when it gets cold by the clouds and it starts to rain, sleet, hail or snow. Condensation happens because of the temperature changing. The air is full of water, but you don’t see it unless it rains,sleets,hails or snows. The warmer the air is the more water vapor there is and if the air is colder there will be less water vapor. After the clouds form and precipitation happens the water runs off.
Runoff is when the water goes into lakes, rivers etc from the mountains or other places. The water can also sink into the ground which is called groundwater. If you pour water onto the ground it will sink in. Groundwater serves many purposes in nature: keeping plants alive, keeping your grass green, it also serves lots of purposes to people as we use water for cooking, drinking, washing dishes and more. The water underground moves due to gravity.
These are the steps of the water cycle. Evaporation, condensation, precipitation and runoff/groundwater. The water cycle also known as hydrologic cycle, it is also an endless cycle, there is no start and no end. The water cycle is happening all the time and it is a very important part of life.