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What role does the ocean play in precipitation?
Question Date: 2005-06-02
Answer 1:

The Ocean is The Major source for the water in precipitation globally.

Locally, lakes can provide some water vapor, but the oceans are by far the bigger source.

Radiation from the sun warms the surface water causing some of it to evaporate. When the air becomes saturated in water vapor, it condenses again into liquid or solid water (snow) and falls back down as precipitation.

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