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Water is precious

Did you know that water is a vital ingredient for life on Earth, and that we share it with every other living thing on the planet? As humans, we borrow water from nature to use in our homes, schools, and workplaces, but we always have to send it back to the environment, so that it can be used by other living creatures as well.

Let’s talk about the Water Cycle.

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The Water Cycle

Water is precious

Over 70 per cent of planet Earth’s surface is covered in water, but did you know that less than one per cent of it is actually all we have to share, not only with each other, but with all living things?’
Water is so important to maintain life, that it’s one of the key markers scientists use in searching the universe for life, or planets where life could at least be possible.
The amount of water we have on Earth hasn’t really changed much over time. The amount we need to use as humans keeps growing. This means we need to be careful about how we use water; and be sure that we use is returned to the environment in good condition.

70% of the earth’s surface is covered in water

Of this, only 3% is fresh water

But only 1% is accessible for human consumption

  • Did you know...
  • that the water
  • you're drinking today
  • is the same
  • water
  • that was here when
  • the dinosaurs
  • were around?

Precipitation

Water vapour can collect as clouds in the atmosphere. When conditions are right, clouds release their water to fall back to Earth.

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Evaporation

Evaporation is the process of liquid water turning to a gas, or water vapour. As a gas, water rises from the Earth’s surface into the sky.

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Condensation

As the water vapour rises, it reaches cooler air and forms back into tiny droplets of water. This is what we see as clouds.

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So what about the water that we use?

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