Water Cycle Interactive

Welcome to the Water Cycle Interactive created by the TOP Energy Training university consortium of The University of Texas at Austin, Penn State University and Colorado School of Mines. Together, we design and create online courses focusing on the fundamental technology, science, and engineering of oil and gas operations. Check out our entire catalog of online oil and gas training courses.


The first step to understanding the water cycle is conceptualizing it as a true cycle. There is neither a beginning nor an end, but water can “rest” in different stages before moving through the remainder of the cycle. Explore the Water Cycle Interactive with Dr. David Yoxtheimer, Penn State University, as a foundation for understanding how human uses can withdraw water from one cycle or another, but the resource always finds its way back into the cycle after release, treatment, or processing. 

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