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Ocean salinity study reveals amplification of Earth’s water cycle

Ocean salinity study reveals amplification of Earth’s water cycle

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Sept. 9 (UPI) -- New analysis of ocean salinity data suggests Earth's water cycle has amplified significantly over the last half-century. The global water cycle has a strong influence on the planet's climate system, and vice versa. As Earth's water cycle changes, so does the climate. To accurately model climate change and its effects on global weather patterns, scientists must understand changes to the planet's water cycle. Advertisement Previous climate models have suggested Earth's water is evaporating at an accelerated pace, a phenomenon that should yield increased precipitation rates across the globe. It's a logical prediction: as Earth gets warmer, more water should become vaporized, triggering the formation of heavier clouds. However, scientists have struggled to confirm such a patt...