When it is hot, water evaporates and goes into the air. This is called evaporation.


The water vapour in the air gets cold and condenses into tiny water drops forming clouds. This is called condensation.


When so much water has condensed that the air cannot hold it anymore, water falls back to the earth in the form of rain or snow. This is called precipitation.


Water falls back to earth as precipitation in the oceans, lakes or rivers or it may end up on land. When it ends up on land, it will either soak into the earth and become part of the groundwater or it may run over the soil and collect in the oceans, lakes or rivers where the cycle starts all over again. This is called collection.


The water cycle is a continuous process of evaporation, condensation, precipitation and collection.

An animated lesson about the Water Cycle by turtlediary.com.

Water will rock you. Water never stops. What a hard life for a water drop. Enjoy this awesome animation with a cover version of the song We Will Rock You by Queen.