Four stages of Water Cycle are:1. Evaporation2. Condensation3. Precipitation4. Accumulation
EVAPORATIONEvaporation is the process by which water is converted from its liquid form to its vapor form.When the sun heats up water in rivers or lakes or the ocean and turns it into vapor or steam.The water vapor or steam leaves the river, lake or ocean and goes into the air.
Examples of Evaporation: Steam rising from a pot of water Puddles that have dried up Water sitting in a bowl that seems to ‘disappear’ after a few days
CONDENSATIONCondensation is opposite of Evaporation.It is the process by which water is converted from its vapor form to the liquid form.As water vapor rises higher in the atmosphere it starts to cool and become a liquid again.As large amount of water droplets come together, it results in the formation of clouds.
Examples of Condensation Water droplets forming on the outside of your water glass. A foggy mirror in a bathroom Foggy windows in a car
PRECIPITATIONPrecipitation happens when the water in the clouds becomes too heavy and the water falls to the earth in the form of rain, hail, sleet or snow.
ACCUMULATION Accumulation is the collection of rain water or snow as it melts and goes back into the earth’s rivers, lakes, streams and oceans. 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. When it ends up on land, it will either soak into the earth and become part of the “ground water” 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