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                  The Water Cycle

                                                                  By Sarah Bourdon


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                                                                 cycle! Get it?!
                                                                 Watered down!
                                                                 Anyway, click on the
                                                                 orange arrow and we
                                                                 can begin our journey!
Drip, what is the water cycle?
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 The water cycle describes the
 ongoing movement of water
 molecules like me! I am
 constantly changing states from
 a liquid, to a gas, and to a solid
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 again! It can get very tiresome!
 The picture to your right is a
 diagram of what I go through
 everyday! To learn more about
 this process click on the orange
 arrow!
Evaporation: The driving force of the cycle
                                                                     I wanted to tell you about first step in the
                                                                     water cycle, but then I realized that there
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                                                                     isn’t really a specific beginning or end to
                                                                     the cycle! However, because 90% of
                                                                     the moisture in the air can be attributed to
                                                                     lakes, seas, and oceans we will start there
                                                                     with the process of evaporation!
                                                                      Evaporation is a very
                                                                      important step in the water
                                                                      cycle. This is how water is
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                                                                      lakes, seas, and oceans has
                                                                      evaporated, it can enter the
                                                                      water cycle and start the
                                                                      process of condensation.
Condensation: Where clouds originate

                                                             The next major phase that occurs in the
                                                             water cycle is the exact opposite of
                                                             evaporation. After the water has evaporated
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                                                             and turned into a gas in the air, it is then
                                                             turned back into a liquid and forms clouds in
                                                             the process.
                                                                 This process is known as
                                                                 condensation. Once the
                                                                 gas has turned back into a
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                                                                 dust and smoke, to form
                                                                 clouds. These clouds will
                                                                 begin to accumulate
                                                                 allowing the process of
                                                                 percipitation to occur.
Precipitation: A means to an end
                                                                       Once a cloud has formed, the last step in
                                                                       the water cycle has potential to occur, but as I said
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                                                                       cycle. So what this means, essentially, is that the
                                                                       liquid will return to the ground again allowing the
                                                                       process to start over.
                                                                       This last process is known as
                                                                       preciptation. This is when the
                                                                       liquid is released from the
                                                                       atmosphere and is returned to
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                                                                       important step in the cycle, but
                                                                       it does not always occur
                                                                       because the liquid molecules
                                                                       must be stronger than the
                                                                       upward air currents in order to
                                                                       fall.
Now let’s find out what you know!

                                                            Okay, I’ve given you enough information!
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                                                            Now I want to see what you’ve learned!


                                                            Which step in the water cycle involves
                                                            changing a liquid into a gas?

                                                               a. Condensation
                                                               b. Evaporation
                                                               c. Precipitation
Incorrect!




Please try again!
                                                                  Correct!

                                                              I knew you could do it!

                                                         Well, it has been fun telling you about
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                                                         what I go through everyday, but I
                                                         should get going before I evaporate!
               Works Cited
U.S. Department of the interior (2005). Water Sciences for Schools: The
   Water Cycle. Retrieved September 11, 2005 from USGS.
   http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/watercycle.html.
    All about me!




My name is Sarah Bourdon and I
am a senior at Western Michigan
University. I am currently studying
speech pathology and elementary
             education.

				
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