The water cycle consists of evaporating water from the earth’s surface and rising into the atmosphere. The water then cools and condenses into precipitation beginning with the formation of clouds and falling in the form of rain. When the water reaches the earth’s surface again it collects in streams, rivers, lakes, and oceans. From the surface of the earth the water evaporates again — creating the water cycle. The water cycles in and out of the atmosphere playing a big part of the earth’s weather patterns.
The Water Cycle website is all about the water cycle. We have helpful teacher resources and information for the curious student.