Interactive water cycle diagram

Interactive water cycle diagram
Publication Date: September, 2013
Type of Resource: Interactive/Simulation

This online resource is an interactive diagram that shows how the Earth's water is not only always changing forms between liquid, solid and gas, but also moving on, above and within the Earth.

The diagram contains interactive features that when hovered over, display information and links regarding each stage of the cycle.

It also offers 3 different versions for beginning stages of understanding through to more advanced understandings, which allows for students of all abilities to interact with a similar diagram that is suited to their learning needs.

This resource links to science understandings required in Year 6 when examining extreme weather conditions such as cyclones and storms and also links directly to science understandings in Year 7 that examine that water as an important resource that cycles through the environment.

Additional Information

This resource is readily available through the US Geological Survey Education website—Home page: https://education.usgs.gov/ and does not require a log on or membership to access. 

Australian Curriculum:
  • Year 10 > Science Understanding > Earth and Space Sciences > Global systems, including the carbon cycle, rely on interactions involving the... > ACSSU189
  • Year 6 > Science Understanding > Earth and Space Sciences > Sudden geological changes and extreme weather events can affect Earth’s surface > ACSSU096
  • Year 7 > Science Understanding > Earth and Space Sciences > Some of Earth’s resources are renewable, including water that cycles through... > ACSSU116