What is the water cycle?
The water cycle
Water on Earth is constantly moving. It is recycled over and over again. This recycling process is called the water cycle.
1. Water evaporates into the air
The sun heats up water on land, in rivers, lakes and seas and turns it into water vapour. The water vapour rises into the air.
2. Water vapour condenses into clouds
Water vapour in the air cools down and changes back into tiny drops of liquid water, forming clouds.
3. Water falls as precipitation
The clouds get heavy and water falls back to the ground in the form of rain or snow.
4. Water returns to the sea
Rain water runs over the land and collects in lakes or rivers, which take it back to the sea. The cycle starts all over again.