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Surface water is the most recognizable part of the water cycle that we can see. Lakes and rivers may be the first types of surface water that come to mind but don't forget those snowbanks in your front yard! We think of oceans when we think of surface water but did you remember to add glaciers to your list? The Water Science School has plenty to teach you about the different types of surface water but also how it is measured, how it affects us, how we can use it, and so much more.

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Glacial Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada

Surface Water Comes In Many Forms

Lake Louise is a glacial lake located within Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada. It is a great example of how surface water can have many forms.

Learn About Surface Water

Surface Water Basics

Events and Hazards

Surface Water Quality

Surface Water and the Water Cycle


Measuring Surface Water

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