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Introduction to the Water Cycle (00:02:40)
[05-Mar-13] Dr. Raymond Schmitt from the SPURS (Salinity Processes in the Upper Ocean Regional Study) mission introduces the basics of the water cycle, and its critical importance to life on Earth in a segment from a recent SPURS webinar. The deep blue waters absorb heat from the sun, and can hold many times more heat than the atmosphere can. Dr. Schmitt also points out the importance of the ocean in the water cycle, as a majority of the evaporation and precipitation on the planet occur there. Credit: Raymond Schmitt.