Mini Lesson

Energy and Matter: Water Cycle: Heating the Ocean (2012)

Mini Lesson

Review the NASA video below.  


Answer the following questions:

  1. What is the water cycle?  
  2. What drives the movement of air and water in the Earth System? 
  3. Where does this visualization begin in the water cycle?
  4. Describe what happens to the sun's heat as you progress through the video. 
  5. How does the Sun and the Hydrosphere's oceans interact in this video? 
  6. Describe what happens in the night to the ocean with respect to energy. 
  7. Describe what happens to the land's temperature over the course of the day and night. 

This is the first of a four-part series on the water cycle. The other videos are available online:

The Water Cycle: Following The Water:

The Water Cycle: Steaming The Air:

The Water Cycle: Watering The Land

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