1. Describe the path a water molecule takes as it travels through the hydrologic cycle. The hydrological cycle is a never-ending cycle that keeps us alive. The path begins with: Evaporation- when water evaporates in the form of water vapor by the heat of the
Donna Harmon Professor Wilkins-Luton English 101 30 May 2017 Water Works by Cynthia Barnett Water is one of the most precious resources, which support the life of almost everything in the world. Indeed, the world is covered by 75% water, but most of this water is not suitable for human consumption or use. On the same note, the world has been increasing its consumption of water due to the increasing population, leading to increased demands. The increased water consumption, which has been a result of high population, is worrying because the matter may lead to massive water shortages in the future.
Do All Liquids Evaporate At The Same Rate? Have you ever wondered what is left after something evaporates? Evaporation is a very interesting topic, that is one of the reasons I chose this. I have learned so much facts about evaporation while researching it. Some things I never thought I would
fresh water found on planet earth is only a mere one percent (1%) and we have to bear in mind that within that one percent some are found in lakes, rivers, streams and underground aquifers.
Growing up, we all went through the water cycle lesson and we will never forget it. The reason being, we encounter the water cycle throughout our entire life and it will always effect our systems and more importantly our water system. As illustrated in the picture, our water cycle includes the processes of evaporation, condensation, precipitation, which then goes to many places. During evaporation, the sun is used as a main power to make this happen. The sun’s rays beat down onto the ground creating all of the moisture and water to fizzle into a gas state into the atmosphere and get stored away into the clouds. When it is stored into the clouds it is condensing. Condensation means that the gas is again forming itself back into its liquid state to get ready to return to Earth. The condensation then forms into precipitation. Precipitation comes in many different forms. You can see it as rain, snow, sleet, or hail making its way back to us. What happens to it then depends on the area. The water might end up as runoff, or become
Runoff: Controlling the Rate of Erosion The water cycle of the Earth is in constant balance, evaporating water from the oceans and other bodies of water, and depositing it on land through snowfall and rainfall, before ultimately returning it to the oceans via vast river networks. An amazing fact of the water cycle is how much water for the cycle is stored in the ocean phase, 96.5%, leaving a small amount available for deposition and runoff (United States Geological Survey, 2014).
The hydrological cycle is where water is stored in places like oceans and ponds, and then evaporated. Next, the water is condensed. Finally, water is rained down as precipitation and accumulates in ponds and oceans. This cycle continues repeatedly. Human activities that are detrimental to this cycle
In this document, I jotted down some notes while putting together the reading material. These notes point out some of the reading content to pay particular attention to. The notes are divided into section headings based on the reading material. This is not meant to be a complete list of
The water cycle represents how water is exchanged and cycled through Earth’s land, oceans, and atmosphere (2010 pg.1). Evaporation, condensation, and precipitation are all three main factors within the water cycle. Evaporation occurs when a liquids surface changes to gas. For example, when water from rivers, oceans or lakes evaporate, it becomes water vapor. Condensation occurs when gas changes to a liquid. For example, clouds form when water vapor condescends. Precipitation is described as any liquid or solid water that falls to earth from above. A great and simple example would be rain, snow or hail (2010 pg.1). Within the water cycle, there are three states of water: solid, liquid and gas. Most of Earth’s freshwater is
HYDROLOGIC CYCLE The hydrologic cycle is a constant movement of water above, on, and below the earth's surface. It is a cycle that replenishes ground water supplies. It begins as water vaporizes into the atmosphere from vegetation, soil, lakes, rivers, snowfields and oceans-a process called evapotranspiration. As the water vapor rises it condenses to form clouds that return water to the land through precipitation: rain, snow, or hail. Precipitation falls on the earth and either percolates into the soil or flows across the ground. Usually it does both. When precipitation percolates into the soil it is called infiltration when it flows across the ground it is called surface run off. The amount of precipitation that infiltrates, versus the
From the surface of the river, the water, with the help of heat provided by the sun, can evaporate and go up into the Earth’s atmosphere. From the clouds, the water can now fall back down onto land or a body of water as precipitation. Going back to the basin, the water can also travel to a new site after it is consumed by an animal, such as a bear or otter, living near the river. From here, it will eventually have to leave its body as urine or fecal matter. Once again starting the cycle, this time as underground, near the river, the water can be taken up by the roots of plants such as trees or grass. Next, the water can leave the plant through transpiration and go into the Earth’s atmosphere. The water cycle doesn’t go in a perfect circle, and there are many options and paths for water to take as it travels from location to
One of the primary earth systems is the water, or hydrological cycle. This cycle represents the continuous movement of water on, above, and below the earth. It is a natural process that, when balanced, regulates the available water on the planet in a way that is not only relatively consistent, but overtime will allow for a balanced ecosystem. The water cycle, in general, takes water from one reservoir or holding area (say clouds) and allows it to move into another through various processes. The actual cycle moves continually through the process of evaporation, condensation, and precipitation. The water cycle also helps regulate and control temperature, which in turn helps regulate weather patterns. The basic water cycle may be viewed as a four stage model:
The beginning of the water cycle is evaporation. My experience with evaporation is really fun! You get to take a fun ride high up in the sky and suddenly
The ways that will decrease the depletion with groundwater is people should not waste as much water; sponsors should manage water; there should be a regulated amount of wells and crops should not be planted in dry areas whereas water is demanding. Dams are enormous barricades that are constructed throughout streams and rivers in order to control the flow of water for production of hydroelectricity as well as irrigation. Because water is limited, it generates artificial lakes. A reservoir is something in the neighborhood of a stream, lake, river, creek, or pond that occupies water until it is required for use (Kreifels, 2011).
Groundwater and the Hydrologic Cycle Introduction Water is the lifeblood of every living creature on earth. Approximately 70 percent of the earth's surface is covered with water. Thought the wonders of nature, water can take on many different forms, form the water we drink, to the ice we use to chill a glass of lemonade, to the water vapor used to steam clean equipment equipment. It is easy to understand the significance water plays in our lives, but it may be much more difficult ot understand the water that exists below the earth's surface, called groundwater.