THE WATER CYCLE
The water cycle is a process where water goes through key stages. E.g evaporation, condensation, precipitation, runoff and Groundwater. There is no start or end to this process, this water has been recycled from around 4 billion years ago.
Evaporation is where the sun heats up the water and turns it into vapour. This process is an invisible process you cannot see this happening, usually. Do you know that plants and trees can also lose water into the atmosphere, through their leaves this process is known as Transpiration. Two of the next steps are Condensation and Precipitation.
Condensation is where vapour rises into the air, it cools and turns back into a liquid, forming clouds. The currents high up in the air move the clouds from place to place all around the world. The next step is precipitation.
When too much water has condensed it becomes too heavy for the air to hold, so they fall back onto the earth as rain droplets, snow, hail and slet. The next / last step is runoff
After, the water fallen and the soil has become saturated or the snow has melted, the water follows down any hills, mountains and other inclines, to from or to join lakes or rivers. The direction in which the water moves is known as streamflow and is central to the concept of currents within rivers and streams. Absorbed water may even go further and replenish aquifers and other water pockets that exist naturally below the surface of the earth. This is known as percolation, Sometimes water in the ground moves up to the surfaces and can evaporate or run-off again.
So where does this water go? (I’m guessing that you are saying that) it goes through aquifers and goes back though all the steps I have just mentioned.