Last week’s Youth Education blog post, Youth and water – our future depends on it, focused on watersheds, where the journey of water begins within Denver Water’s collection system. Watersheds are only a small portion of the complete water cycle, however, so this week we’ll look at the water cycle in its entirety.
Week two: Journey of water – the water cycle
- How does water move through the water cycle? The Project Wet Foundation’s chapter on The Water Cycle provides information, activities, vocabulary and much more around the never-ending movement of water.
- The U.S. Geological Survey provides an interactive graphic highlighting how Earth’s water is always changing form and moving around the Earth. Start with the beginner diagram and work your way up to the intermediate and advanced diagrams for a comprehensive study of the complete water cycle.
- Who better than Bill Nye the Science Guy to provide an entertaining lesson on the water cycle? Check out this fun episode.
Charts, graphs & maps
Denver’s water arrives in an annual water cycle that starts primarily in the mountains as snowpack during the winter and early spring. This snow buildup is followed by spring runoff, then rainstorms in the late summer. The amount of water available for people to use varies from year to year and in different regions of the state. Take the Journey of Water from the time it falls in the mountains until it swirls down the drain in your bathroom.
Steve Spangler Science makes learning the water cycle fun through this interactive game for the classroom where students represent water molecules traveling through the water cycle.
Recent water news
- Dillon Reservoir Could Fill For The First Time In Years – CBS4 Denver (water management)
- Ill winds paint dusty picture for Colorado snowpack – Boulder Weekly (science)
- Paddling the Colorado River Pulse Flow – Canoe & Kayak (recreation)
- Water Stress Magnifies Drought’s Negative Impacts throughout the United States – World Resources Institute (weather & atmosphere)