The water cycle is a natural process that moves water from the earth to the atmosphere and back again. This cycle is powered by the sun and includes the processes of evaporation, condensation, and precipitation. In the water cycle, water evaporates from the earth’s surface and rises into the atmosphere, forming clouds. The clouds move around the earth and eventually, the water condenses and falls back to the surface as rain or snow. Once on the ground, the water is absorbed into the soil, flows into rivers and lakes, and eventually evaporates back into the atmosphere. In this way, water is continually recycled through the atmosphere, providing us with a constant supply of fresh water.