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Processes of the Water Cycle

The processes of the water cycle including evaporation, precipitation and sublimation carry water between reservoirs.

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Yosemite Water

Yosemite Water

Credit: Michael Miloserdoff
Source: http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/view-image.php?image=7536
License: CC BY-NC 3.0

Water plunges down the waterfalls, and most of the time there is water in them. For each molecule of water, falling over Yosemite is only one stop in its endless cycle. Conserving and protecting water everywhere helps the water in Yosemite.

Why It Matters

Credit: Kylir Horton
Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kylir/8597240205/
License: CC BY-NC 3.0

The Merced River flows through Yosemite National Park [Figure2]

  • Water in Yosemite is not just in rivers and waterfalls; it is in trees and bears, and snow and dewdrops.
  • Water that flows through Yosemite National Park is part of the Merced or Tuolumne River systems.
  • River water carries nutrients and life for ecosystems downstream.

Explore More

With the link below, learn more about water in Yosemite. Then answer the following questions.

  1. How might a water molecule that goes over Yosemite Falls end up in a strawberry that you eat?
  2. What are two of the places water from snowmelt in Yosemite may end up?
  3. What does the quote “no single raindrop believes that it’s responsible for the flood” mean in this context?
  4. What is the source of your water?
  5. What could you do to conserve water in your life?

Image Attributions

  1. [1]^ Credit: Michael Miloserdoff; Source: http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/view-image.php?image=7536; License: CC BY-NC 3.0
  2. [2]^ Credit: Kylir Horton; Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kylir/8597240205/; License: CC BY-NC 3.0


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