The Water Cycle

What is the Water Cycle?
All of the water on the earth is part of an endless water cycle.  Through this cycle, nature cleans water and moves it from oceans, lakes, and rivers to the air, then to the land, and back again.

Full Size Water Cycle 

Steps of the Cycle
Solar Energy    The sun provides energy for the never ending cycle

Evaporation      Vapor is created when the sun heats water in lakes, rivers & oceans

Transpiration     Vapor is created when plants and trees give off moisture

Condensation    Tiny droplets of water form when water vapor rises into the air & cools

Precipitation     Moisture releases when clouds become heavy & form rain

Infiltration        Movement of water through the ground