Hydrologic Cycle Essay

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Henry David Thoreau once said “Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.” (Thoreau, n.d.). To one that takes the time see what majestic features the earth has and creates in a one’s life time is breath taking. The hydrologic cycle is one interesting aspect that will be discussed and the state of Colorado will be used as an example. Another such wonder is the glacial landscape. How a glacial landscape is formed and some of its features will be discussed as well.
Hydrologic Cycle The hydrologic cycle is a delicately balanced system dealing with water. With the earth’s oceans covering 71% of earth, which doesn’t include any fresh water or ground water percentages; it appears water is everywhere (Cain, 2010). With water everywhere it is continually in action. Starting with evaporation of water in the hydrologic cycle, water unremittingly evaporates entering into earth’s atmosphere as vapor. Over time the vapors combine with other particles in the air to form clouds that eventually form rain clouds (Condensation, 2014). From the rain clouds we get precipitation. With the advent of precipitation water is returned to the earth’s surface. Once on the
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A glacier is “a thick mass that forms over hundreds or thousands of years.” (Lutgens, Tarbuk, & Tasa, 2014). Glaciers form in areas that are high in elevation or high latitudes when precipitation isn’t immediately runoff into streams or the sea. The precipitation becomes part of a glacier and may remain part of that glacier for extended periods of time before returning to the sea. As these glaciers move erosion is taking place and shaping the land as it moves. As the glaciers move sediment is picked up in one area and deposited possibly hundreds of miles away from where it was picked up. Glaciers also shape the land leaving behind spacious valleys known as glacial toughs leading into a hanging valley after the glaciers have move

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