Ch 15: Earth's Water Balance

About This Chapter

Study stages in the water cycle alongside the causes of historic sea level changes. Video lessons and quizzes in this chapter can also help you review water's unique properties and the distribution of water on Earth.

Earth's Water Balance - Chapter Summary

Review Earth's water balance through short, entertaining video lessons that explain the distribution of water on Earth and its movement from Earth's surface to the atmosphere through the processes of evaporation, condensation, precipitation and transpiration. You'll also study the physical and chemical properties of water, such as heat capacity and hydrogen bonds, that enable it to support life on Earth. Conclude your review with a lesson outlining historic changes in sea level and their causes. By the time you finish this chapter, you should be familiar with:

  • The water cycle
  • Water's distribution on Earth
  • Properties of water
  • Sea level changes

Break up your study time into short sessions or take on this whole chapter in one sitting. Our videos last just five to ten minutes each, and the timeline allows you to go directly to the main lesson topics you're interested in reviewing. You can also take the quizzes at any time, allowing you to create a study plan that fits your needs.

5 Lessons in Chapter 15: Earth's Water Balance
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
The Water Cycle: Precipitation, Condensation, and Evaporation

1. The Water Cycle: Precipitation, Condensation, and Evaporation

This lesson discusses the processes water takes as it moves around the Earth in the water cycle. You'll get an in-depth look at condensation, precipitation, and evaporation.

What Are the Properties of Water? - Unique Properties that Support Life on Earth

2. What Are the Properties of Water? - Unique Properties that Support Life on Earth

In this video lesson you will learn about water and its unique properties. You will also develop an understanding of how these properties make life as we know it possible.

The Distribution of Water on Earth

3. The Distribution of Water on Earth

Water covers most of Earth but in a variety of forms. In this video lesson you will learn about how water is distributed on Earth, though you may be surprised to find out just how little of it we can access!

How Evaporation & Transpiration Contribute to the Hydrologic Cycle

4. How Evaporation & Transpiration Contribute to the Hydrologic Cycle

Evaporation and transpiration are important components of the water cycle, and while they are the same process they arise from different sources. In this video lesson you will learn about these two parts of the cycle and how they contribute to the overall movement of water on Earth.

Changes in Sea Level: Causes & the Effect on the Environment

5. Changes in Sea Level: Causes & the Effect on the Environment

Sea level rise is a natural process, but recent trends are concerning because it is increasing at an alarming rate. In this lesson, you'll learn what causes changes in sea level and what effect rising sea level has on humans and the environment.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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