Water Cycle

The water cycle or hydrologic cycle describes the movement of water on, above and below the surface of the earth. This endless cycle of evaporation, condensation and precipitation brings us fresh water, reshapes the surface of the earth and washes nutrients to new areas. Even the climate is influenced by the heating and cooling effects as water moves through its different phases of solid, liquid and gas.

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Describe a large water cycle that takes a long time to complete?

the longest water cycle to complete is rain because rain is water

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What is the source of energy that drives the water cycle?

Solar energy from the sun's rays drives the water cycle. Heat from Sol, our sun, supplies the energy that drives the water cycle. The energy enters Earth's sphere as radiant energy (electromagnetic energy - 'photons' in quantum speak), largely in visible wavelengths. Some of this inbound energy is reflected back out, mainly by clouds, snow, and ice, and this reflection is Earth's albedo. (Hint: We see our moon by its albedo!) Much of this inbound radiant energy is absorbed and that Earth matter that absorbs this energy is heated. This heating creates a temperature differential which is the water cycle driver.

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What role does temperature play in the water cycle?

If the temperature is on the higher side, water from the rivers, oceans evaporate at a faster pace. The more the heat in the summer, the more the possibility of excessive rain during rainy season. In this way, temperature plays a crucial role in the water cycle.

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What are the advantages of cycle of sedimentation?

the study of cycle of sedimentation and sedimentary rock has great practical value as well. Oil and gas, our most valuable sources of energy are found in these rocks. These precious resources are becoming increasingly difficult to find, and so it's more important than ever to understand how sedimentary rocks which is known as sedimentation cycle. As oil and gas decline in abundance, coal which is a distinct type of sedimentary rock will be use increasingly to generate energy. Another important energy source that may accumulate in sedimentary rock is uranium, which is for nuclear power. Phosphate rock used for fertilizer is sedimentary, as is much of the world's iron ore. Knowing how these kinds of sediment form or sedimentation cycle can help us to find and use these limited resources. May my answer can help you.

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How does water go back to the atmosphere?

Water, in the form of water vapor, goes back into the atmosphere through evaporation from lakes, rivers and oceans.

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What are the five parts of the water cycle?

1: evaporation

2: transpiration (plants only)

3: condensation

4: precipitation

5:run off/ground water

The water cycle is the earths way of reusing water. water from oceans and such evaporates and condenses to form clouds as clouds gain more water until they are unable to hold it all then precipitation occurs (think rain). then the water flows back to the oceans via rivers and such.

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How do you install a dry well for washing machine?

A drywell is a hole in the ground filled with crushed stone that helps store and distribute the discharge of a washing machine underground.

In many jurisdictions it is unlawful and a washing machine must be tied into a sewer system if one is available. A drywell is a much better method if the structure uses a septic tank because the disharge from the washer will overload the septic tank.

There is no set method for installing a drywell unless a standard is adopted by ordinance. A typical size for a single family residence would be about 2 feet by 2 feet, and about 3 feet deep. This provides about 24 square feet of soil that can soak up the water.

The drywell designed above will hold about 50 gallons of water. A more accurate method of calculating the size needed could be performed if the amount of water used per cycle and the frequency of use is known. The permeability of the soil would also be a factor.

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What are the 2 driving forces behind the water cycle?

1. Condensatin

2. Prreciptut

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Without the sun what would happen to the water cycle?

It would end. All water would freeze.

The sun is the energy that makes the water cycle do what it does. So if there was no sun the water cycle wouldn't work..


With no Sun there would have been no Solar System hence no Earth, let alone any water to evaporate etc.

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What is carbon transferring from a body of water to the atmosphere called?

This movement is evaporation, and is part of the carbon cycle.

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What are 5 types of cycles ex life cycle water cycle etc?

water cycles

life cycles

human cycles

rock cycles

butterfly cycles

energy cycles

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What is the main source of energy in the water cycle?

The main source of energy in the water cycle is the sun/Solar radiation (sunlight).
the source of energy that drives the water cycle is the sun because since the sun's heat makes the water evaporate which will led to the whole process of the water cycle and the process will keep on repeating.
The water cycle or hydrologic cycle is driven by both short wave radiation from the sun, and long wave (infrared) radiation from the earth.

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What does Human impact have on the water cycle?

Water used by households, industries, and farms have increased. People demand clean water at reasonable costs, yet the amount of fresh water is limited and the easily accessible sources have been developed. As the population increases, so will our need to withdraw more water from rivers, lakes and aquifers, threatening local resources and future water supplies. A larger population will not only use more water but will discharge more wastewater. Domestic, agricultural, and industrial wastes, including the intensive use of pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers, after overload water supplies with hazardous chemicals and bacteria. Also, poor irrigation practices raise soil salinity and evaporation rates. These factors contribute to a reduction in the availability of potable water, putting even greater pressure on existing water resources. Large cities and urban sprawl particularly affect local climate and hydrology. Urbanization is accompanied by accelerated drainage of water through road drains and city sewer systems, which even increases the magnitude of urban flood events. This alters the rates of infiltration, evaporation, and transpiration that would otherwise occur in a natural setting. The replenishing of ground water aquifers does not occur or occurs at a slower rate. Together, these various effects determine the amount of water in the system and can result in extremely negative consequences for river watersheds, lake levels, aquifers, and the environment as a whole. Therefore, it is vital to learn about and protect our water resources.

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What causes the water cycle?

# The Sun warms the Earth through radiation. # Water evaporates from the Earth's surface because of the heat. # Water changes state to become water vapour. # Water vapour condenses on the cooler surface (the sky) to form water droplets. # Water droplets gather and become heavy. # Clouds form and becomes rain. # Rain = water, and the cycle repeats itself


The SUN is the biggest engine, which drives all the forces of nature.

Precipitation is one of such amazing process by nature, through which water returns to the earth. Initially water is evaporated from oceans and lands, where oceans contribute 65-70% of total precipitation as evaporation. Once, water is evaporated by the energy of the sun, water turns into water vapour and gets condensed in the atmosphere to form clouds, these clouds release water in the form of precipitation in the form of rain or snow (depending on local weather conditions).

Rain is then intercepted by trees, building cover etc. When the rain water reaches the ground, soil absorbs the water until its saturation point is reached, water from soil then flows as sub-surface water or ground water to oceans.

Water on the surface forms channels, channels joins to form rivulets, then to rivers and great rivers, all flows towards the ocean. Water again then gets evaporated from oceans and lands to form clouds.

Although ocean contributes most of the rain, water through evapo-transpiration also contributes a significant amount. But basically the SUN is the most important source of all force in nature.

Basically its the sun's energy.

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How do the atmosphere and hydrosphere interact in the water cycle?

The Hydrosphere is inside of the Atmosphere. The Hydrosphere contains earths water. Mostly were clouds are and precipitation happens.

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How does evaporation work in the water cycle?

when liquid evaporate, it turns into a gas. The evaporation process causes cooling on the surface of where the liqiud originated

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How do rain forests play a role in the water cycle?

The moisture absorbed by the trees is transpired through the leaves into the air to later produce rainfall. :)

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How temperature related to the process of water cycle?

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What are the four steps of the water cycle?

  1. Evaporation (from oceans etc) and transpiration (from trees and vegetation).
  2. Condensation, forming clouds.
  3. Precipitation in the form of rain, snow, hail and sleet.
  4. Surface water (run off, above ground), Underground water (infiltration, percolation), collection and storage.

evaporation, condensation, precipitation, and run off.
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How do narcissistic cycles of overvaluing and devaluing work?

My experience was similar, except that the periods of time between overvaluing and devaluing were shorter. He could be lovely and 'caring' for approximately three weeks then suddenly say that we would never be a good couple and break up with me with no further explanation other than that it was his 'intuition' that we wouldn't be a good couple or that he felt that our relationship could get 'operatic'. The only thing we ever fought about was his spontaneous dumpings. I noticed that these 'dumpings' usually followed a day or an evening where he had a really good time, almost as if he had let his guard down then felt frightened and/or disgusted with himself for it.

The first time he did this I was completely confused and blaimed myself for doing something wrong in the relationship. When he came crawling back- which he did by infiltrating my circle of friends and convincing me to go out for dinner with him. Too many glasses of wine later, I had forgiven him. The second time he did it, I couldn't believe it. This time was a little messier, and we didn't talk for well over a month. He got me back by pretending that his life was a disaster (of his own making). He started smoking again, started going to strip clubs, complained that he had had a bad performance review at work, was lonely, and was upset over our 'squabbling'. I felt sorry for him. I went back to him. Sure enough within a few more weeks he was acting strange again. This time I knew it was coming. When he finally delievered the big blow (after a week of being completely aloof and going on a vacation without me after he had initially implied that he wanted me to go) I had enough. I told him that I was glad that it was over, I wanted to date someone else and I walked out of his house without a word- hopefully that was a narcissistic injury. My problem is that he has managed to trick some of our mutual friends (including a therapist) into thinking he's a great guy. I know he's just waiting for another opportunity to start the cycle again. The only difference is that I now know what he is and why he does what he does.

I suspect that sometimes the narcissist devalues their supply source in order to get more narcissitic supply. I feel that he was hoping that I would plead for him not to leave me in order to feel good about himself. It backfired.

Yes, it can be repetitive with the same NS, if there is no new NS on the horizon. This is what happened to me. In my case, the overvaluing and devaluing were cyclical. He wanted me around in the winter and ignored me in the summer. I have given my N two very severe bouts of narcissistic injury and he has returned both times, once eighteen months later, and the second time six months later. He had rearranged the facts in his mind to something he could accept, and then was ready for another round. I don't think there are any hard and fast answers to this, but if he has returned once after an injury, then I think he is likely to return again and again - BUT it will never be any different!

The narcassist feels weak for wanting ANYTHING from the opposite sex yet at the same time has the desire to connect, but only on a superficial level. The N meets a person and falls in lust like the rest of us. However soon their internal dialogue takes hold. They cannot show they care for you, to them this is weak. Is is too fearfull and they are wracked with paranoid fears of jealousy and abandoment. The only solution? In their mind is to mentally destroy their victim. Thus begins the push pull game. They cannot stand they want you so they discard you but then they want you back for atttention and sex so they come back. Then the cycle continues OVER and OVER unless you bail out. They will not settle for nothing less than total control over your mind and soul. They see it as thrilling to have their prey worn down and at their mercy. The worst thing a victim can do is leave calmly and move on with their life. The N therefore feels he/she was not that important to begin with. Then begins even more inner torment.

Like Aristotle said, the same action can be described using a positive word or a negative word. Narcissist use the positive when speaking about themselves but use the negative when speaking about others.

N's have "careers" but they say others have "jobs"

N's work weekends they are "dedicated employees," but accuse others of "neglecting their families."

N's call in sick they are on their death-bed. When you call in sick they say you are faking it.

When N's are late for work, it's because a disaster-emergency happened to them. When others miss work, the N says, "they were lazy and couldn't get out of bed."

N's buy namebrand because they have "good taste," while they say others buy namebrand because they are "materialistic, commerical and fake."

N's relay info to help people and are communicating. Others' are backstabbing and gossiping.

N's care about the environment and recycle. N's tell everyone you are recycling because you are frugile and cheap.

N's say everything they buy was a job perk or a bonus check. N's say everything you buy is because you are selfish and wasting money.

N's have friends in high places who admire them. N's say your friends in high places are snobs and you are just wanting to rub shoulders with the rich.

It's interesting about what someone wrote on here about how they want you in cycles. mine always was with me in the spring summer months and dissed me and devalued me in the winter and this has now happend two times for two summers.i get it now and I'm done.

One day your the greatest person on earth to them then, when you don't do or say something they wanted you to or you ask something of them that they don't want to do they demean you and ignore you no longer are you important to them.

This is a great way of describing what they do. Mine also had particular times of the year when he would dump me. Like many people he got restless in autumn and spring, but unlike normal people, he'd dump me and go looking for a better woman around those times. He also flipped out in August, around the time of his birthday. We broke up or had a major incident almost every year in August. The idea that he was getting older made him severely depressed, and I think he held me somehow responsible for it! He also weaseled his way back into my life using email, by leaving things at my house, and using pity and mutual friends. I wouldn't put anything past him. Sadly I am now suspicious of all our mutual friends, thinking they might be "working" for my ex. His favorite catchword for dumping me was "incompatible" and he would also claim I lacked passion. However, he would still want to have sex. I made a list once of all the qualities he claimed I lacked and it was very long and quite contradictory. But he adored the word "incompatible" the most because 1) it made me livid and 2) I could not refute it. Just try coming up with an argument to prove to someone else that you are compatible with them. It can't be done; they will always find something about which you don't agree. And here is the kicker: we actually were compatible. Not that I would ever want to be with this man again, heaven forbid, but we did have many similar interests and a similar sense of humor, etc etc. I sense what the first poster stated so well: he got uncomfortable with the level of closeness. That was what was so weird about it. Please do not misinterpret my statements as a wish to be back with the narcissist--I do not, and I currently don't speak to him at all. I just want to say that it was weird how we could enjoy so many similar things and have such a good time--and it was right at that point that he'd suddenly decide we were incompatible, and he needed to leave. Bizarro world relationship--narcissists do the exact opposite of what a normal person would do. Ah well. Thank God he's out of my life.

new answer- You said so good what i tried to say but i didnt know how --when they reach the best point in a relationship were most people only dream of they leave and destroy it all!

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What does runoff do during the water cycle?

it flow back into the ocean or any other water and starts the water cycle again

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What is transpiration?

Transpiration is the evaporation of cellular water (in the form of water vapour) from the stoma in the leaves of the plants. Stoma are "pores" and are generally located on the underside of the leaves of plants.

Water accumulating in the leaves of the plants is lost as water vapor through the process of transpiration, this is similar to the process of sweating in animals.

Transpiration accomplishes two things, it does cool the leaves slightly through evaporative cooling, it also causes what is referred to as "evaporative draw" or "evaporative suction", this causes a slight low pressure in the leaves where the water is evaporating from, this provides a slight suction force assisting with water being drawn up the stem of the plant.

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How does oil spill affect water cycle?

It will rain oil and all the cute puppies in the world will spontaniously combust. dont forget disneyworld will burst into flames

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Is absorption a part of the water cycle?

Yes, it is. It is when precipitation (rain, snow or sleet) is absorbed into the ground.

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What are the six parts of the water cycle?

The six parts of water cycle are:

  1. Evaporation,
  2. Transpiration
  3. Condensation,
  4. precipitation,
  5. surface runoff,
  6. infiltration.
  1. First, the water evaporates.
  2. Second, the water transform into tiny droplets in the sky.
  3. Next, the droplets turns to clouds.
  4. Then, the clouds, which is full of water, rain.
  5. Then, the rain will go down mountains, the rivers and then back in the ocean.
  6. Lastly, the water cycle starts again!

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