Water Cycle Facts

Water Cycle Facts

Latest update to this document: 12 February 2003



Water Cycle Fun Facts


Water is essential to our planet's life and without it nothing could survive. The globe is two-thirds covered by water, but 93% is ocean water, toxic to humans, plants and animals.

There is the same amount of water on earth now as there was when dinosaurs hung out at the local pond millions of years ago. The water keeps moving in a cycle; it evaporates from rivers, lakes, and oceans. The vapor from evaporation and condensation forms the clouds in the sky and then returns to earth as rain, snow, sleet, or hail.

About two-thirds of your body is made up of water.

The Earth's water supply is made up of: 97% oceans, 2% Icecaps/Glaciers, 1% Fresh Ground Water.

Water is the only thing that can be a gas, liquid, and a solid.

In 20 minutes, one thunderstorm can send down over 125,000,000 gallons of water!

The best part about The Water Cycle is that you can start at any stage because it is always circling around.


Key Stages of The Water Cycle

Click on them to find out more information!

Evaporation

Condensation

Collection

Precipitation


Links

MSNBC News Source

Hotmail

The Weather Channel

CS255 Computers in El Ed Home Page

Link to Northern Michigan University


Melissa Teasley: mteasley@nmu.edu