Forms of Water (the water cycle)

Forms of Water (the water cycle)
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This video is intended to support learning about the water cycle, using the visual idea of a magical water drop to express the many ways that water can appear in nature. The film opens and closes with the ocean as the source and destination of the cycle, even if the flow is interrupted when water resides for vast amounts of time in caves, aquifers, or polar ice. After the opening coastline, water is shown as vapor, followed by 4 seasonal liquid and solid forms, closing again with a coastline.

Some excellent technical information can be found elsewhere, such as http://roble.pntic.mec.es/rmac0040/watercycle.html and http://water.usgs.gov/edu/followadrip.html, which offer illustrations showing the internal loops that operate within the grander cycle. Another video is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IO9tT186mZw

Weather systems can generate multiple phenomena as they spread over large regions, which is why the film organization loosely follows the seasons and hints at various forms that may occur in more than one season.

The droplet sphere frames these examples against photographic backdrops of the seasons. A teacher could also introduce how the earth’s tilting changes the angle of solar radiation reaching the earth’s surface to drive weather events. Discussions and projects could cover basics (evaporation, condensation, precipitation, infiltration etc.) or go deeper into types of frost and crystal formations, or causes and identifications of types of clouds.

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