Water Science School

Water Basics

"Water, Water, Everywhere...."
You've heard the phrase, and for water, it really is true. Earth's water is (almost) everywhere: above the Earth in the air and clouds, on the surface of the Earth in rivers, oceans, ice, plants, in living organisms, and inside the Earth in the top few miles of the ground. The Water Science School allows you to explore all the basics about water.

All Water Basics Topics

All Water Basics Topics

View a list of all of our science topics about the basics of water.

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The Water Cycle

The Water Cycle

The natural water cycle describes where water is and how it moves around.

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Date published: June 6, 2018
Status: Completed

Rivers and the Landscape

Creeks and streams begin their lives as smaller water bodies that run downhill until they merge to form bigger rivers. Rivers are a mighty factor when it comes to shaping the physical landscape — just ask the Grand Canyon. Find out more here.

Contacts: Ask USGS
Date published: June 6, 2018
Status: Completed

Rivers, Streams, and Creeks

Rivers? Streams? Creeks? These are all names for water flowing on the Earth's surface. Whatever you call them and no matter how large they are, they are invaluable for all life on Earth and are important components of the Earth's water cycle.

Contacts: Ask USGS
Date published: June 6, 2018
Status: Completed

Glaciers and Icecaps

Glaciers are a big item when we talk about the world's water supply. Almost 10 percent of the world's land mass is currently covered with glaciers, mostly in places like Greenland and Antarctica. You can think of a glacier as a frozen river, and like rivers, they "flow" downhill, erode the landscape, and move water along in the Earth's water cycle.

Contacts: Ask USGS
Date published: June 6, 2018
Status: Completed

The Story of Water in Dryville

Read on about our fictional tale of how YOU establish a new town in the desert and the role water plays in all aspects of the process.

Contacts: Ask USGS
Attribution: Water Resources