<ul><li>Fresh water </li></ul><ul><li>is everywhere else </li></ul>
Most (97%) of the water on Earth is salt water in the oceans. Salt water in the oceans Earth’s water Fresh water 97% 3% Only about 3% of Earth’s water is fresh water.
There are may types of plants and animals that live in the salt water oceans.
But all the plants and animals that don’t live in the ocean must have fresh (not salt) water to live and grow.
Salt water from the oceans becomes fresh water in a process we call the… Water Cycle . Salt water fresh water
The water cycle begins when energy from the sun heats ocean water. This heat energy causes evaporation.
<ul><ul><li>evaporation ee va poh ray shun </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>evaporated; evaporating </li></ul></ul><ul><li>from Latin evaporare, steam, vapor </li></ul><ul><li>Spanish equivalent : evaporación </li></ul><ul><li>when liquid water becomes vapour </li></ul>
Evaporation is what happens when water “dries up.”
Water from the oceans is constantly evaporating. Sunlight makes water evaporate faster.
When water evaporates, molecules of water become vapour and float up into the air. Only pure water can evaporate. The salt stays behind in the ocean. s s s s s s
Some vapour gets into the air as it is released from plants. This is called transpiration.
Water vapour is not visible in the atmosphere until it cools and condenses into clouds.
<ul><ul><li>condensation con den say shun </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>condensed; condensing </li></ul></ul><ul><li>from Latin condensare, to thicken </li></ul><ul><li>Spanish equivalent : condensación </li></ul><ul><li>when vapour becomes liquid water </li></ul>
Condensation is the next part of the water cycle where vapour cools and forms clumps of liquid water.
Warm air can hold a lot of vapour but when air cools the vapour condenses into bigger and bigger droplets.
Vapour condenses more and more as it gets cooler. Droplets get bigger and clouds get darker.
When the droplets get too heavy they fall to the ground as liquid or frozen water. This step in the water cycle is called precipitation.
<ul><ul><li>precipitation pree sip ih tay shun </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>precipitate; precipitating </li></ul></ul><ul><li>from Latin praecipitare , to fall </li></ul><ul><li>Spanish equivalent : precipitación </li></ul><ul><li>any water that falls from the sky </li></ul><ul><li>(rain, snow, sleet, hail) </li></ul>
Precipitation is how the land areas get fresh water that plants and animals need to live.
Some of the precipitation falls as snow. It may lay on the ground all winter then melt slowly to keep rivers running all summer.
Some precipitation falls as snow and does not melt for many years. Most of Earth’s fresh water is stored in glaciers .
Some precipitation seeps down underground to form aquifers. We can drill wells to get this fresh water. aquifer
Some precipitation collects in lakes, and ponds. Even if water is green, we call it fresh water. Fresh doesn’t mean clean, it means not salty .
A lot of the precipitation runs off into streams and rivers where it flows back to the ocean. This is called runoff.
<ul><ul><li>runoff </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Precipitation that doesn’t soak into the ground and “runs off” the land to get back to the oceans. </li></ul>
Eventually, all fresh water gets back to the ocean where the cycle of evaporation , condensation , precipitation and runoff can go on and on to supply fresh water to our planet.
A cycle is a wheel that is constantly turning Earth’s water is in a constant cycle. It evaporates from the ocean, travels through the air, rains down on the land and then flows back to the ocean.
Vapour vay pohr <ul><li>Water that is in the gas state. </li></ul><ul><li>Water molecules that have been e vapor ated. </li></ul>Vapour is usually invisible but hot steam can be seen for a few seconds before it disappears.
Dew (doo) <ul><li>Small droplets of water that appear on the ground in early morning. Dew can occur even with no clouds when humid air cools at night. Many small animals get the water they need from dew drops. </li></ul>
Convection current <ul><li>Air movements caused by uneven heating of the Earth and temperature differences. </li></ul><ul><li>Hot air rises, colder air sinks. The result is wind. </li></ul>
Aquifer ( ah kwih fur) <ul><li>Big areas of underground water that can be found by drilling almost anyplace on Earth. This is also called the water table. </li></ul>
Drought (rhymes with out) An usually dry period with less than normal amounts of rainfall.
Flood (flahd) An usually wet period with more than normal amounts of rainfall when rivers can’t carry the runoff.
H 2 O H 2 (2 hydrogen atoms) + O (1 oxygen atom) The chemical formula for water. water ( 1 water molecule)
Frozen H 2 O = ice Liquid H 2 O = water Gas H 2 O = vapor