Factors Affecting Changes in the Water Cycle

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  • Factors affecting changes in the water cycle
    • Water cycle components that effect the water cycle
      • Precipitation - rainfall, snow, sleet, hail
      • Vegetation - dies back during the winter and grows during the summer
      • Evaporation
      • Soil Water
      • River Channel Flow
    • Human activities affecting change
      • Land-use change - urbanisation and the replacement of soil with concrete and tarmac. Deforestation and the removal of trees which help absorb surface water.
      • Farming Practices - able to control the water cycle through irrigation or land drainage.
      • Water Abstraction - the extraction of water from rivers or groundwater aquifers is referred to was water abstraction. water that is abstracted for irrigation, industry or domestic purposes can have significant effects on the local water cycle


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