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Water Cycle

Water Cycle

Purpose of the tool

Show the natural circuit of water in its liquid, gas or solid state as it travels between the oceans, the atmosphere and the continents.

Grade: 2,3,4,5,6,7,8

Explanation of the tool

Press the play button to start the water cycle animation. You can pause it at any moment by pressing the pause button.

On Earth's surface, water is heated by the sun and evaporates into water vapour. As it rises into the atmosphere, the vapour condenses to form clouds which produce precipitation. Some of this precipitation evaporates, some seeps into the ground to supply the ground water table and some is added to the volume of glaciers. The rest is carried back to the sea by steams and rivers.

Select one of the tree comments to show additional information about the states of water, residence time and volumes

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