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Ch 5: Overview of Water Cycle & Balance

About This Chapter

Review the water cycle and the distribution of water across the surface of the earth by watching the educational videos in this chapter. You will find all kinds of useful information about water and its characteristics.

Overview of Water Cycle & Balance - Chapter Summary

Use the videos in this chapter to expand on your knowledge of the different stages of the water cycle. You'll also look over the measurements and effects of humidity, water runoff and infiltration. In addition, the development of sinkholes and caverns are covered, giving you an idea of the effects water can have on the surrounding environment. Once you are done with this chapter, you will be more knowledgeable about:

  • Drainage basins
  • Stream valleys
  • Alluvial fans
  • Groundwater systems and movement
  • Bedrock channels
  • Definition and types of wells and springs
  • Glacial processes

Going from lesson to lesson isn't difficult thanks to the brief video format, which ranges from around 5-10 minutes. As soon as you finish a video, take the corresponding quiz to see what information you've retained. If you need assistance at any point during this chapter, you can get help from a professional instructor through the teacher tabs of the lesson.

15 Lessons in Chapter 5: Overview of Water Cycle & Balance
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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.

The Distribution of Water on Earth

2. 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!

What is Humidity? - Definition, Measurements & Effects

3. What is Humidity? - Definition, Measurements & Effects

Humidity is an important aspect of the atmosphere because it affects both weather and climate. In this video lesson you will learn about the different types of humidity and understand how temperature affects water vapor in the air.

Runoff & Infiltration: Definition & Process

4. Runoff & Infiltration: Definition & Process

When water falls to the ground as precipitation, it can either fill the spaces in the soil below ground or run across the surface. In this video lesson, you will learn about the processes of infiltration and runoff, and how they are an important part of the water cycle on Earth.

Drainage Basins: Definition & Characteristics

5. Drainage Basins: Definition & Characteristics

Do you know where the water in your area flows? In this lesson, we will explore the system of drainage basins and how they help develop river systems. We will also investigate some extreme examples of drainage basins.

The Formation of Stream Valleys

6. The Formation of Stream Valleys

Running water is very powerful and has the ability to change the land around it. In this lesson, we will explore the creation of stream valleys and how they are shaped by the water that runs through them.

Alluvial Fan: Definition & Formation

7. Alluvial Fan: Definition & Formation

Alluvial fans are geologic features that are easy to spot, once you know what they are. So, what are alluvial fans and how are they formed? Learn the answers to those questions here.

Laminar & Turbulent Streamflows

8. Laminar & Turbulent Streamflows

Streams come in many different shapes and sizes. They can also vary in speed and direction of flow. In this lesson, we will explore two different ways that water can flow through a stream.

Groundwater System: Definition & Geological Role

9. Groundwater System: Definition & Geological Role

Surprisingly, most of Earth's liquid freshwater is not where you might think! In this video lesson, you will learn about groundwater, as well as the important roles it plays in sustaining life and shaping Earth.

Factors that Influence Groundwater Movement

10. Factors that Influence Groundwater Movement

The movement of groundwater underneath us is influenced by several factors. In this video lesson, you will learn what these factors are and how they affect how and where groundwater moves.

Bedrock Channels: Formation & Process

11. Bedrock Channels: Formation & Process

Bedrock channels are eroded paths cut through solid rock foundations known as bedrock. Learn about bedrock channels and the processes that form them, including abrasion and plucking.

Springs: Definition, Formation & Types

12. Springs: Definition, Formation & Types

In this video lesson, you will learn about springs and how they form. You will also understand how springs are classified based on how they flow as well as how strongly they flow.

Wells: Definition & Types

13. Wells: Definition & Types

Wells are used all over the world and are an important source of water for many people. In this video lesson you will identify different types of wells, as well understand their underground source of water.

Caverns & Sinkholes: Definition, Formation & Effects

14. Caverns & Sinkholes: Definition, Formation & Effects

Groundwater can have dramatic effects on Earth's landscape, both above and below ground. In this video lesson you will learn about caverns and sinkholes, both of which are directly related to groundwater movement.

What Are Glaciers? - Definition, Types & Processes

15. What Are Glaciers? - Definition, Types & Processes

Learn about the two major types of glaciers: continental and alpine glaciers. These glaciers shape the landscape around them and affect our everyday lives, even if the nearest glacier is thousands of miles away.

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