The visual now includes industrial, domestic agricultural and urban water use and runoff. The graphic depicts a dam holding back a large reservoir that collects snowmelt from mountains above. It shows farms and industrial centers pulling water from the ground and releasing spent water into rivers.
“We alter the water cycle,” the new diagram states plainly. “We redirect rivers. We build dams. We drain water from wetlands for development, We use water from rivers, lakes, reservoirs and groundwater aquifers… to supply our homes and communities.”
Read more about the update in this article from Eos.
In a release announcing the new diagram, USGS highlighted “the water cycle as a complex interplay of small, interconnected cycles that people interact with and influence, rather than one big circle.”
Check out the interactive diagram online. It's a vertiable "I Spy" for hydro-nerds.