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Water Cycle | Reading Material | Grades 6-8
WHAT IS THE WATER CYCLE?

The water cycle is the path that all water follows as it moves around Earth in different states. Liquid water is found in oceans, rivers, lakes, and underground. Solid water is found as snow or ice. The gaseous form of water is found as water vapor in Earth’s atmosphere.

To better understand the water cycle…

WHAT IS THE WATER CYCLE?. The water cycle is the path that all water follows as it moves around Earth in different states. Liquid water is found in oceans, rivers, lakes, and underground. Solid water is found as snow or ice. The gaseous form of water is found as water vapor in Earth’s atmosphere. To better understand the water cycle…

LET’S BREAK IT DOWN!

The Cycling of Water

The Cycling of Water

Earth’s water is continuously being moved on, above, and below the surface of Earth. Water is always changing states between liquid, gas (vapor), and solid (ice). Water moves and cycles between the ocean, atmosphere, and land. Water evaporates from the surface of Earth, rises into the atmosphere, cools and condenses, and falls again to the surface as precipitation.

The water falling on land moves along the surface in rivers and streams and collects in bodies of water such as lakes and oceans. Most water that falls on the land soaks into the ground, where it can spend long periods of time trapped in the spaces between rocks and soil. Groundwater is the source of water for plants to grow, and humans have relied on groundwater as a drinking source for thousands of years.