The Water Cycle

  • K.-P. Seiler
  • J.R. Gat
Part of the Water Science and Technology Library book series (WSTL, volume 55)


The lithosphere, oceans and the atmosphere form the largest reservoirs on earth. The main link between these reservoirs is the hydrological cycle, which provides fresh-water for humans, continental ecosystem functions, weathering, and sediment transport and is co-responsible for the temperature equilibration on earth. The driving force of the water cycle is solar radiation, contributing with an average of 1024 J/year to water evaporation; for comparison, the European Community consumes about 7×1019 J/year of energy.


Hydraulic Conductivity Groundwater Recharge Unsaturated Zone Water Cycle Vadose Zone 
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© Springer 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • K.-P. Seiler
    • 1
  • J.R. Gat
    • 2
  1. 1.GSF National Research CentreNeuherbergGermany
  2. 2.Weizmann Institute of ScienceIsrael

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