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Outcome: Explain how the processes of the water cycle (e.g., evaporation, precipitation) relate to the oceans.
Grade level: 5-8
Theme: water cycle

Water is a key element of the Earth's energy balance. The Sun's energy drives the water cycle, and in turn, water is a major factor in governing the surface temperature of the Earth.

Read the section on Prerequisite Knowledge (p. 2-4).