I decided to use the search tool to specify an exact location and I chose my family’s camp. It’s right on a river, so I was curious to see how many different bodies of water that river flowed into before finally getting to the ocean. Surprisingly, there weren’t that many changes, and even though there was a lake and a pond on route, the river stayed the same. I actually had to zoom in though to find these bodies of water though because they’re so small that they couldn’t be picked up by the software. Even though they weren’t listed, I still had some vague knowledge that they were there, which is why I decided to take a closer look. I was kind of hoping there would be more to this raindrop’s journey, but I guess this is what happens when you chose a location so close to a coast. It makes me wonder what would’ve happened if I’d picked a location in the middle of a country, or even in a desert. How long would the raindrop’s journey be then? Would it even go anywhere?
Honestly, this is such an interesting website! I’ve always been a science nerd, so when we learned about precipitation in school, I wished there was a way to see the most likely paths rainfall could take to get to the ocean. I’m going to have to save this page so I can potentially use it with my students in the future. It’s fascinating to me how much everything is connected, and I love how this website illustrates that.