The Water Cycle
Evaporation - In the water cycle,
evaporation is the process of a liquid or solid changing into a gas
form. Usually, the heat from the sun causes the water molecules in the
liquid or solid material to heat up and change into a gaseous state.
Condensation - Condensation is
actually the opposite of evaporation. Condensation occurs when water
vapor in airborne molecules of the gas change back into a liquid state.
Precipitation - Precipitation
occurs when the atmosphere accumulates too much water. When the air
gets too heavy with these water molecules, they fall to the earth in
the form of snow, rain, or sleet - all depending on the temperature of
Accumulation - Accumulation is
what happens when the precipitation falls to the earth. Accumulation
occurs in rivers, oceans, lakes and other bodies of water.
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