Wednesday, February 29, 2012

New 'Water Cycle' Poster Now Available on NRCS Website

Occasionally, it's important to remind ourselves that water is more than what we drink or use to wash our clothes, car or dishes. Water is part of a complex system, re-circulating the Earth through evaporation, condensation and collection.

We call this system the water cycle. You and I wouldn't be here without water.

To remind us of water's importance, the Natural Resources Conservation Service has released a new "Water Cycle" poster, which shows how water is recycled and reused across the landscape.

This poster is for students and teachers, and really all children and adults alike. NRCS is giving free copies of this poster, and you can order one from

You can find more information by visiting www.nrcs. and checking out the site's "Water" page.

This poster was also converted into a 3D multimedia graphic.

Check them both out!

The poster will remind you the water cycle begins when water from lakes, oceans, rivers and other water bodies begins to evaporate; vapor from the water bodies condenses into clouds, later causing precipitation. As it rains, hails, sleets or snows, the water is collected back on Earth to start the cycle again. The water cycle is often referred to as nature's recycling system.

Water is one of the key natural resources that NRCS works to conserve and protect.

Although the Earth's surface is about 75 percent water, and only 3 percent is freshwater. Nearly three-fourths of freshwater is at the polar ice caps and in glaciers. It is essential we conserve water and take care of it.

Agriculture is the largest user of water. Farmers and ranchers depend on clean water moving through the water cycle for their livelihoods, while we all need clean drinking water and a healthy food supply to survive.

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