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Valley Elementary School

Meteorologist Josh Fitzpatrick got a chance to talk to the fourth graders at Valley Elementary School in Lucasville, OH, talking all about weather and the water cycle!

Very recently I got a chance to go back and visit the 4th graders at Valley Elementary School in Lucasville, Ohio, located in the heart of the scenic Scioto Valley.

The students have been studying many different aspects of weather.  One of them being the water cycle.  I asked them this true or false question:  There is no new water on Earth?  True or False.  Read on to find out the answer.  Many of the 4th graders knew the answer already!

Below is a photo of the fourth grade classes and myself.  What a very smart bunch!

Back to the water cycle.

The earth has a limited amount of water.  That water keeps going around and around and around and around and (well, you get the idea) in what we call the Water Cycle.

This cycle is made up of a few main parts:

  • evaporation (and transpiration from plants)
  • condensation
  • precipitation
  • collection

Here's an easy to understand diagram of how it all works.

diag_water_cycle.gif

The answer to the queston is true!  There's no new water on Earth.  So the same rain which falls on us today, fell on the Dinosaurs and even well before that.  It's so important that we not take this resource for granted.  As we know, if it weren't for water, there would be NO life at all on this planet!

I want to thank Susan Wright and the other fourth grade teachers at Valley Elementary for inviting me!  Keep up the great work. 

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