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The Water Cycle

The water cycle describes how the 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.

Map provided by USGS showing the earth's water cycle.

View an interactive display of this map.
View/Download/Print the Water Cycle map.
View the Spanish version of the Water Cycle map.

Click on the following links to enjoy one of four books about the water cycle, produced by EMWD.

The Legend of the Water Dance
Aguat Gets Savvy About the Water Cycle
Around the World with Savvy the Water Drop
Gobi and the Water Cycle Adventure as told by Grand Droppy

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


Honey Bees and WaterWise Gardens 
“Bee” WaterWise and protect the honey bees! 

Want to help your local honeybee and native bee populations, while cutting back on water use at the same time? Plant a drought-tolerant garden with nectar- and pollen- rich plants!  Not only will it provide forage for pollinators, but the plants require less water than lawns, and produce beautiful, fragrant blooms.

Fun Facts About Water 

Adapted from the brochure “55 Facts, Figures, & Follies of Water Conservation,” originally published by the Denver Water Department, Denver, Colorado.