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PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY – 4d Water Cycle and Rivers

The water cycle describes the movement of water on, above and below the surface of the Earth. Water moves from one reservoir to another over time eg from a river to the sea, from the ocean to the atmosphere. In moving round the water cycle, water takes the form of a liquid, solid (ice), and a gas.

The water cycle is an essential part of most ecosystems on the planet. Explore this page to develop your understanding of the water cycle, and the rivers within it.

How does the water cycle work?

When studying the watercycle and rivers there are lots of key words you need to know and be able to use. Some of the key ones are listed here:

EvaporationPrecipitationGround water run off
MouthMeanderOxbow lake
DepositionLower courseMiddle course
V shaped valleyGorgeWaterfall
SourceErosionUpper course
ConfluenceTributary

Follow these hyperlinks to learn more:-

  1. BBC – Water Cycle
  2. National Geographic teaches you about the Water Cycle
  3. BBC – Rivers

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