• Moisture in the atmosphere is mostly in the form of water vapor, an invisible gas. The rest is in the form of suspended cloud droplets, suspended ice crystals, and precipitates (rain, snow, sleet, hail). So, moisture in the atmosphere in the form of water vapor is the raw material from which liquid droplets and ice crystals form (through condensation and deposition respectively). Therefore, you can project that to include the fact that moisture in the atmosphere is an integral part of the hydrologic cycle and that precipitation provides the water for our rivers, groundwater, lakes, and oceans. Water from the earth's surface returns to the atmosphere by evaporation, transpiration and surprisingly some sublimation.

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