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also known as the water cycle Or the H2O cycle

It describes the continuous movement of water on, above and below the surface of the Earth
Although the balance of water on Earth remains

fairly constant over time, individual water molecules can come and go, in and out of the atmosphere

Where is all the Earths water?


To be found in the natural environment

and is the source of all life on earth. Water covers 70% of the earths surface .

How does the Hydrological Cycle work?

The stages of the cycle are:


Evaporation Transport

Condensation
Precipitation Groundwater

Run-off

Evaporation. Water is transferred from the surface to the atmosphere through evaporation, the process by which water changes from a liquid to a gas. Transport. The movement of water through the atmosphere, specifically from over the oceans to over

land, is called transport

Condensation .The transported water vapor eventually condenses, forming tiny droplets in clouds. Precipitation . The primary mechanism for transporting water from the atmosphere to the surface of the earth is precipitation.

Groundwater . Some of the precipitation soak into the ground and this is the main source of the formation of the waters found on land - rivers, lakes, groundwater and glaciers. Run-off . Most of the water which returns to land

flows downhill as run-off

The Water Utilitys Role in the Hydrological (Water) Cycle