The Water Cycle - Infographic - Animated GIF

Lawrence Weru
Lawrence Weru


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


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.


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


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).


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


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.


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


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, Gizmodo Japan, and Techmeme, and his opinions are published in the Toronto Star, Orlando Sentinel, Vancouver Sun, KevinMD, Waterloo Region Record, Niagara Falls Review, Welland Tribute, and St. Catharines Standard.