Ch 30: Water Cycle

About This Chapter

Utilize these lessons to help refresh your knowledge of the phases of the water cycle. As you work your way through the chapter, gauge your understanding of the various forms of water with lesson quizzes.

Water Cycle - Chapter Summary

The water cycle explains how water on Earth moves from our rivers and oceans to the clouds in the sky, and back again. The lessons in this chapter will help you review what you've learned about the different phases of the water cycle, including precipitation, condensation, and evaporation. By the end of this chapter, you will have explored:

  • Examples of evaporation and condensation
  • The formation of precipitation
  • Runoff and infiltration processes
  • Water and its properties
  • Water as a universal solvent

We strive to keep the learning experience enjoyable, engaging, and effective. Our expert instructors have created inviting video and text lessons that help illustrate the material in a way that's easy to comprehend and preserve. For video lessons, clickable timelines are available in case you need to review a particular portion of the lesson. After each lesson, complete an interactive quiz to test your progress. When you've finished all of the lessons, take the cumulative chapter exam to see how well you've absorbed of the information.

6 Lessons in Chapter 30: Water Cycle
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What is Evaporation? - Definition & Examples

1. What is Evaporation? - Definition & Examples

Evaporation is the process of a substance in a liquid state changing to a gaseous state due to an increase in temperature and/or pressure. Evaporation is a fundamental part of the water cycle and is constantly occurring throughout nature.

What is Condensation? - Definition & Examples

2. What is Condensation? - Definition & Examples

Condensation is the process of a substance in a gaseous state transforming into a liquid state. This change is caused by a change in pressure and temperature of the substance. In this lesson, you will learn about some examples and test your knowledge with a short quiz.

What is Precipitation? - Definition, Types & Formation

3. What is Precipitation? - Definition, Types & Formation

Precipitation comes in many forms, but it all comes from the same general process. In this video lesson you will identify different types of precipitation, as well as how precipitation forms in the atmosphere from condensation.

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.

Properties of Water

5. Properties of Water

Why does ice float? Why can water rise on its own against gravity in a small tube? Find out how these mysterious properties of water can be explained by hydrogen bonds.

Why is Water the Universal Solvent?

6. Why is Water the Universal Solvent?

Did you know that water is referred to as the ''universal solvent?'' In this lesson, you'll learn what that means. You'll also learn which of water's properties make it the universal solvent.

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