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Water Balance on Earth - Chapter Summary
Water undergoes a number of processes to complete what is known as the water cycle on Earth. Learn more about water balance on Earth by exploring fun and engaging lessons that examine all of the steps water takes before, during and after falling to land. Each lesson is accompanied by a short quiz you can use to assess your understanding of the water cycle. A chapter exam is also available to reinforce lesson concepts. Upon completion of this chapter, you should understand the following:
- Water cycle and processes of condensation, evaporation and precipitation
- How water is distributed on Earth
- Process of runoff and infiltration
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.
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!
3. 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.
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