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Browse Water Cycle Resources

Browse Water Cycle Resources

Photo of clouds in the atmosphere.
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This lesson helps students learn about the atmosphere by making observations and taking measurements.
Wet Wide World Thumbnail
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This video, "Our Wet Wide World", provides an overview of the Global Precipitation Measurement Mission and its goals.
Thumbnail for "For Good Measure" showing Ryan in front of makeshift waves.
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The short video, 'For Good Measure' explains why scientists turn to satellites to get a worldwide view of rainfall.
Thumbnail for "The Water Cycle"
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This video (4:56) uses a combination of cartoon characters, a scientist, and a series of different Earth-observing satellites with data animations to teach the various parts of the water cycle.
Water Cycle diagram
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In this webquest, you will learn a little about the GPM mission, and then will focus on the Earth’s water cycle.
Sea Surface Temperature, Salinity and Density
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The animations in this group show the long-term average sea surface temperature, the long term average sea surface salinity, and the the long term average sea surface density.
The Thermohaline Circulation - The Great Ocean Conveyor Belt
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The oceans are mostly composed of warm salty water near the surface over cold, less salty water in the ocean depths. These two regions don't mix except in certain special areas, which creates a large slow current called the thermohaline circulation.
NASA Scientists Research Global Precipitation
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This animation of global precipitation from the Global Precipitation Climatology Project (GPCP) cycles through climatology data for each month of the year and then repeats the cycle twice.
Aquarius Ocean Circulation
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Ocean circulation plays a key role in distributing solar energy and maintaining climate, by moving heat from Earth's equator to the poles. Aquarius salinity data, combined with data from other sensors, will give us a clearer picture of how the ocean works
Components of the Water Cycle on a Flat Map
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The process by which water moves around the earth, from the ocean, to the atmosphere, to the land and back to the ocean is called the water cycle. These animations each portray a component of the water cycle.

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