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General Information Product 146

The Water Cycle for Kids

By Stefanie Neno, Jim Morgan, Gabriele Zanolli, Howard Perlman, and Gerard Gonthier

Water Poster

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have created a water-cycle diagram for use in elementary and middle schools.

The diagram is available in many languages.

This diagram is part of the USGS's Water Science School, in which the water cycle is described in detail.

First posted January 23, 2013

This publication is available in PDF format in two sizes:

This publication is available as a JPG image:

For additional information contact:
Director, Georgia Water Science Center
U.S. Geological Survey
1770 Corporate Drive, Suite 500
Norcross, GA 30093

Part or all of this report is presented in Portable Document Format (PDF); the latest version of Adobe Reader or similar software is required to view it. Download the latest version of Adobe Reader, free of charge.

Suggested citation:

Neno, Stefanie, Morgan, Jim, Zanolli, Gabrielle, Perlman, H.A., and Gonthier, G.J., 2013, The Water Cycle for Kids: U.S. Geological Survey General Information Product 146, 1 sheet., available online at

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