Learning about the water cycle might be hard if you only study the theories without actually seeing the visual representation of the cycle itself. This time we have a selection of printable water cycle diagram for you to ease your study on the cycle. Choose from these free and printable diagrams of the water cycle which include visualization of the cycle. There are four main stages in the cycle that you can spot in all of these diagrams of the water cycle. Check them out below!
These processes are evaporation, condensation, precipitation, and collection. Evaporation happens when warmth from the sun causes water from oceans, lakes, streams, ice, and soils to rise into the air and turn into water vapor (gas). Condensation happens is when water vapor in the air cools down and turns back into liquid water. Meanwhile, precipitation occurs when water falls from clouds in the sky. The last step, collection occurs when water that falls from the clouds as rain, snow, hail or sleet, collects in the oceans, rivers, lakes, streams. The water cycle is powered by the sun’s energy and gravity. More diagrams of the water cycle are provided below.
The water cycle has no true beginning and no end. When water falls back to earth as precipitation, it may fall back in the oceans, lakes or rivers or it may end up on land. After it ends up on land, the water will either soak into the earth and become part of the “groundwater” that plants and animals use to drink or it may run over the soil and collect in the oceans, lakes or rivers where the cycle starts all over again.
Teach the steps of the water cycle with these printable diagrams and make your students grasp the vocabulary & understanding of the water cycle. Click on the image of the diagram to download and print it.