Choose from these free and printable diagrams of the water cycle to help you or your kids learn about the water cycle. These printable diagrams of the water cycle include a printable worksheet for the evaluation process. To make the concept of the water cycle easier for you to understand, we give you a brief explanation of each of the steps involved, all provided below.
There are four main stages in the cycle that you can spot in all of these diagrams of the water cycle. They 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. Most will infiltrate the ground and will collect as underground water. The water cycle is powered by the sun’s energy and by gravity.
Like all circular items, the water cycle has no true beginning and no end. All of those processes are illustrated in the labeled diagrams of the water cycle above. Click on the image of the diagram to download and print it.