Principles of the Water Cycle

Stop a house developer from breaking the water cycle! Dive into learning all about different hydrological stores and the processes which connect them.

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Did you know the water you’re drinking may have once been part of a glacier in the Antarctic? In this simulation, you will learn how water moves around the Earth in a continuous cycle.

Pinpoint key hydrological stores

Explore an overview of the water cycle and identify different hydrological stores. You may be surprised to learn how much of the Earth’s water is stored in the oceans! By the end of this activity, you will be able to differentiate between different oceanic and freshwater stores.

Figure out the flow

After learning about hydrological stores, you will look at how water moves between these stores in an interactive activity. Learn the definitions of precipitation, evaporation, condensation, transpiration, infiltration, interception, surface runoff, and groundwater flow. Apply this knowledge to figure out where in the water cycle each process belongs.

Help the property developerAt the end of the simulation, you’ll inform property developer Max about your findings so he can make an informed decision on his development plan.

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Stop a house developer from breaking the water cycle! Dive into learning all about different hydrological stores and the processes which connect them.

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Learning objectives

At the end of this simulation, you will be able to...

  • Differentiate Earth's stores of oceanic and fresh water and describe the different forms freshwater stores can take
  • Describe connections between water cycle processes and hydrological stores
  • Construct models of how human activity can impact infiltration, interception, and runoff and interpret the outcomes.
Simulation features

Length: 18
Accessibility mode: Available
Languages: English (United States)

NGSS

ESS2.C-M1, LS2.B-E1

IB

Biology 2.2