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Cody Carns
GEO 101—Earth Science
Colorado State University—Global Campus
Dr. Sue Finstick
December 23, 2013

Without the process of the hydrologic cycle, there would be no such thing as life. We can’t survive without water, and this is the specific way we are able to understand how water moves in the world. The hydrologic cycle is the process that transports water between the sky, land and oceans all driven by the sun’s energy. The purpose of this paper is to explain the cycle, and relate it to the particular region of my residence in Colorado, but also provide an insight to how it differs from something such as a desert landscape. Having the benefit of being exposed to many different climates through out my short adventures, it’s fascinating to see the effect of the water cycle in multiple regions.
Hydrologic Cycle
To better understand the water cycle, we need to look at the reservoirs where the water is stored. These can come in many different forms such as oceans, glaciers, icecaps as well as the atmosphere. When talking about the water, it is crucial to remember we are talking about the chemical substance H2O, which include liquid, solid, and gaseous form (NESTA, 2008). The climate changes produce many different variations in the hydrologic cycle, and the different routes the water takes between these reservoirs as mentioned are called the pathways or flows. The main ways of travel between the various types of reservoirs are evaporation, condensation, precipitation, and surface and underground flow (Egger, 2003). These more specific pathways or flows are evaporation, precipitation and snowmelt runoff. The evaporation transports the water to the atmosphere, rain and or snow than falls back down to the earth surface, and snowmelt turns into a liquid that consequently flows back down to river and seas to restart the cycle.…...

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