The Water Cycle

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The Water Cycle 2014

The water cycle describes how Earth's water is not only always changing forms, between liquid (rain), solid (ice), and gas (vapor), but also moving on, above, and in the Earth. This process is always happening everywhere.

If you would like to view an interactive display of this map, please click on the following link:

USGS Interactive Water Cycle Map

To download or print a copy of the Water Cycle map, please click the following link:

Copy of Water Cycle map

Special thanks to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).  The two agencies teamed up to create this water-cycle diagram for students from around the world to use. 

This map is available in several languages (You may click on the map below to view the water cycle in many languages):

The Water Cycle Spanish