The Water Cycle - Infographic - Animated GIF

Lawrence Weru
Lawrence Weru

Evaporation

With enough heat, water will evaporate, turning into water vapor, a gas. Water vapor rises and condenses as clouds.

Transpiration

As water moves up plants, excess water reaches the plants' surface via transpiration. With enough heat, this water becomes water vapor. Water vapor rises and condenses as clouds.

Condensation

Water droplets in the air come together, or condense, to form clouds. Winds move clouds through the atmosphere.

Precipitation

After enough condensation, the clouds will release water droplets. This is known as precipitation. The water droplets can be in liquid form (rain or drizzle) or in a solid form (snow, ice).

Snowmelt

In response to heat, snow melts. As snow melts, it becomes runoff. The runoff can travel a long distance, becoming streams and rivers.

Collection

Ponds and lakes are the result of water accumulation. Water can accumulate directly from precipitation, or via nearby water runoff. Water can also accumulate underground, in what is known as an aquifer, an underground lake.

Groundwater

Streams or rivers can connect bodies of water above ground. Bodies of water can also be connected from underground, via groundwater.

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Lawrence Weru

Larry illustrates the sciences for a more just and sustainable world. He's a TEDx speaker, contributing writer for Slate and Vox, FSU "Notable Nole", and associate alumnus of Harvard Medical School. His works are featured by Fast Company and Gizmodo Japan, among others, and his opinions are published in the Orlando Sentinel, the Vancouver Sun, and KevinMD.