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Science-Mason Water Cycle
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the continuous movement of water from Earth's surface to the atmosphere and back
Heat from the sun causes water on Earth's surface to change from a liquid to a gas called water vapor
Molecules grab onto particles in the air. The cold temperatures and the particles in the air allow the water vapor (gas) to change back into a liquid, forming microscopic water droplets. * NOTE - you must have both cold temperatures and particles for the water vapor to grab onto for the water vapor to change back to a liquid. These droplets cluster together to form clouds.
The extra water in the air is released from the clouds, can be in the form of rain, snow, sleet, hail, ice pellets, mist, or drizzle.
Rain that flows across Earth's land surface
Water soaks into the soil by working its way into the cracks and crevices found in the soil and rock layers.
Water that soaks into the soil
A form of evaporation that occurs when plants take in water through their roots and release water vapor into the atmosphere through microscopic pores in their leaves.
A form of evaporation and occurs when cold air is so dry when it runs into ice or snow it changes directly from a solid to a gas without becoming a liquid first. Ice or snow changes directly to water vapor.
Heat from the Sun causes water on Earth's surface, whether in the ocean, a lake, river, swimming pool, puddle, or in the soil, to change from a liquid to a gas.
Any low-lying area where water accumulates
totally filled (i.e. when the air is saturated, it is holding as much water/water vapor as it can hold)
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