water cycle

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Recent Examples on the Web Throughout geologic history, scientists estimate that the deep water cycle is responsible for 430 feet (130 meters) of sea-level loss. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Pangea Gave Us Modern Oceans," 10 June 2019 Rivers are a crucial part of the global water cycle. Washington Post, "One of Europe’s last wild rivers is in danger of being tamed," 3 Dec. 2019 And what happens in the Antarctic doesn’t stay in the Antarctic: Shifts in the water cycle at our planet’s south pole have reverberating effects on climate and weather throughout the rest of the globe. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Seals with High-Tech Hats Are Collecting Climate Data in the Antarctic," 6 Dec. 2019 Rivers are a crucial part of the global water cycle. Washington Post, "One of Europe’s last wild rivers is in danger of being tamed," 3 Dec. 2019 Plants are the primary regulators of the water cycle, responsible for 60 percent of the flow of water from the land to the atmosphere. Stephen Leahy, National Geographic, "Thirsty future ahead as climate change explodes plant growth," 4 Nov. 2019 Rivers are a crucial part of the global water cycle. Washington Post, "One of Europe’s last wild rivers is in danger of being tamed," 3 Dec. 2019 In the way that Earth has a water cycle of rain and evaporation, frigid Titan has a methane cycle and lakes of the liquid stuff. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "New map shows the strange terrain of Titan," 21 Nov. 2019 Rivers are a crucial part of the global water cycle. Washington Post, "One of Europe’s last wild rivers is in danger of being tamed," 22 Oct. 2019

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1894, in the meaning defined above

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“Water cycle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/water%20cycle. Accessed 3 Apr. 2020.

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