Components of the Water Cycle[08-Oct-2009] Water regulates climate, storing heat during the day and releasing it at night. Water in the ocean and atmosphere carry heat from the tropics to the poles. The process by which water moves around the earth, from the ocean, to the atmosphere, to the land and back to the ocean is called the water cycle. This animation portrays global sea surface temperature, which was derived from a model run of ECCO's Ocean General Circulation Model.Original Media »
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