The Water Cycle 1
Condensation in the atmosphere is visible as clouds.

The Water Cycle 1

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Only 3% of the Earth's water is fresh, and most of that is in the form of ice! Luckily, the tiny percentage of water suitable for drinking and keeping plants and animals alive is continuously recycled in a series of processes known as the water cycle. Through evaporation, water in the sea rises as vapor into the sky. Condensation then causes droplets to form and these become clouds. Rain (precipitation) falls from the clouds and onto the ground. Here the water runs downhill until it reaches a river. It then flows along the river and into the sea, where the whole process starts again.

What do we call water that is in the form of a gas?
Water vapor
None of the above
Another name for water vapor is steam
What do we call fresh water falling from the atmosphere to the Earth's surface?
Fresh water can fall as rain, hail, sleet or snow
Plants draw water out of the ground and release water vapor into the atmosphere. What is this process known as?
Plants release water vapor through tiny pores (holes) in their leaves - these pores are called 'stomata'
When a kettle is boiling, it produces visible steam. What does this steam contain?
Gas and liquid water
Water as a solid and a gas
Water in its liquid and solid forms
Water as gas, liquid and solid
Steam is invisible water vapor (gas). When we see steam from a kettle or shower, the steam also contains tiny water droplets (liquid), making it visible
What do we call water that is in a solid state?
Water vapor
None of the above
Water freezes and becomes a solid (ice) at 0o Celsius
Some of the water from rain, hail, sleet or snow collects in streams, rivers, lakes and the sea. Where does most of the rest of the water go?
Storage tanks
Into the ground
In gutters
Groundwater is stored in soil and in underground layers of sand and permeable stone known as aquifers
Water on the surface of roads and sidewalks disappears over time. What has happened to the water?
It has precipitated
It has condensed
It has evaporated
It has stopped existing
Surface water evaporates and returns to the atmosphere as water vapor
What happens to water vapor when it cools?
It evaporates
It precipitates
It transpires
It condenses
You can see water condensation after you've had a shower - the water vapor in the air condenses as it cools down, leaving water droplets on the walls, windows and bathroom mirror
Which of these is condensation in the atmosphere?
That's why some clouds bring rain - the water vapor condenses and then falls to earth
What stage of the water cycle directly follows water's condensation in the atmosphere?
None of the above
Precipitation follows condensation - and the whole water cycle begins again!
Author:  Sheri Smith

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