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Check Point: Water Impacts The hydrologic cycle is the cycle of water from oceans to clouds to rain that

flows over and under the ground and back to the oceans where the cycle starts over. The first part of the hydrologic cycle is precipitation. Precipitation can come in the form snow, hail, rain or sleet. This process helps all living organism, because it allows the moisture that accumulates in the atmosphere to get to the ground. Precipitation can reach the ground in different ways and different amounts, due to that varying of different seasons in different regions. The cycle than continues to the next stage, which is referred to as transpiration. Transpiration is the process in which a large part of the moisture or water that the plants absorb reaches the ground. The water is then drawn up into the plant through its roots, then flows through the stem and out to the leaves, where the water is then evaporated through the stomata. The remaining water runoff will then flow into rivers and streams and flow along the slope of the land until it reaches the ocean. During this process the water is being evaporated back into the atmosphere where the process of cycle will then repeat itself. The hydrologic cycle is very important to our Plant earth, because it allows animals and plants to grow, while helping to sustain the human civilization. Without this process, we would not be able to grow the crops that feed us, generate electricity or purify it for our consumption. Also, without water (which is an important weathering and erosion agent) much of the land that is formed would not be able to form.

Reference Murck, B.W., Skinner, B.J., & Mackenzie, D. (2008). Visualizing Geology. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.