The Water Cycle

General Information Product 221
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An illustrated diagram of the water cycle. This is a modern, updated version of the widely used diagram featured on the USGS Water Science School. Notably, this new water cycle diagram depicts humans and major categories of human water use as key components of the water cycle, in addition to the key pools and fluxes of the hydrologic cycle. This product targets an 8th grade audience and is designed to be printed as a poster.

Suggested Citation

Corson-Dosch, H.R., Nell, C.S., Volentine, R.E., Archer, A.A., Bechtel, E., Bruce, J.L., Felts, N., Gross, T.A., Lopez-Trujillo, D., Riggs, C.E., and Read, E.K., 2023, The water cycle: U.S. Geological Survey General Information Product 221, 1 sheet,

ISSN: 2332-354X (online)

ISSN: 2332-3531 (print)

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title The water cycle
Series title General Information Product
Series number 221
DOI 10.3133/gip221
Year Published 2023
Language English, Spanish
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Caribbean Water Science Center, Colorado Water Science Center, WMA - Integrated Information Dissemination Division, Upper Midwest Water Science Center
Description 1 Sheet: 38.00 x 26.00 inches
Public Comments The U.S. Geological Survey published the original manuscript in English as General Information Product 221 and underwent review and approval in English subject to USGS Fundamental Science Practices. The translated version is not the work of USGS and, therefore, does not carry the same approval by USGS as the original work. Translation errors are the sole responsibility of the author.
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