atmospheric water cycle

Water Cycle

Below is a checklist of Atmospheric water cycle postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.). Catalog numbers, years of issue, and notes on the items featured are given when available. If readers know of additional information or images, please contact the authors using the e-mail addresses at the bottom of this page.

Launch covers
(including anniversary-of-launch covers, and launch-related event covers)
(farther below)
Other postal items
(stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.)
(immediately below)
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Below is a list of Atmospheric water cycle on postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
Atmospheric water cycle
Argentina2533 (BL108)In (lower-left) margin of MS2 (2533 (a-b))2009"El Ciclo Hidrológico"
Australia1267 (Mi1306-1310)Strip of 5 (1267 (a-e))1992Elements of the water cycle: rain or lack of rain affect surface moisture and the water table which in turn affect evaporation (drier, less evaporation, "soil blows away"; moister, more evaporation, "forests increase rain")
Australia1267 fdcStrip of 5 and (?) cachet on FDC
Australia2890-2893 bk p4Prestige booklet of 20 page 42008"Climate determines water supply and demand and is therefore the fundamental driver of the water cycle"
Belgium2259h (Mi?)One of MS9 (2259 (a-i))2007(Symbolic) water cycle
Belgium2259h maxiMaxicard
Canada481 fdc (Mi? fdc)(?) cachet on FDC1968Full water cycle
Cape VerdeNoneNon-overprint of 487 (immediately below)1986Vapor, painting by Hundertwasser (symbolic water vapour in the atmosphere)
Cape Verde487 (Mi496)Stamp (immediately above) overprinted/surcharged
Cape Verde488 (BL7)MS4 (4x 488a)
Cape Verde489 (BL8)MS4 (4x 489a)
Cape Verde490 (BL9)MS4 (4x 490a)
Cape Verde488a-490a fdcThree stamps on FDC
China (Taiwan)1570 (Mi675)1968(Symbolic) evaporation contributing to cloud formation; precipitation falling from the clouds
China (Taiwan)1571 (Mi676)
Germany (East)None(Black rubber-stamp) cachet on cover1986H2O - water cycle: precipitation and symbolic evaporation
Great BritainNone(Text) cancel on cover1965"Please Use Less Water"
Guinea-BissauBL720In (right) margin of SS1 (Mi4425)2009"evaporation of water" (in Portuguese text)
IndiaNone(Meghdoot) postal card2005"Ground water is precious"
IndiaNone(Meghdoot) postal card2007"Ground water is precious"
IndiaNone(Meghdoot) postal card (different)2007Recharge (of groundwater) in hilly terrain through contour bunding
IndiaNone(Meghdoot) postal card (different)2007Groundwater; also "rain water harvesting"
India2725-2726 brochure (Mi2870-2871 brochure)Brochure page1, also page2 from brochure2015Megha-Tropiques is "an Indo-French joint satellite mission ... for studying the water cycle and energy exchanges in the tropics ... to understand the life cycle of convective systems that influence the tropical weather and climate and their role in associated energy and moisture budget of the atmosphere in tropical regions. [It] will provide scientific data on the contribution of the water cycle to the tropical atmosphere, with information on condensed water in clouds, water vapour in the atmosphere, precipitation and evaporation" (the last 6 words are in p2 of the brochure)
India2725-2726 fdc-brochure (Mi2870-2871 fdc-brochure)Brochure page1, also page2 from fdc brochure
Israel1716+tab (Mi?+tab)Stamp and tab2008Part of the water cycle: ice crystals in clouds become rain drops falling to the surface
Israel2296+tab (Mi?+tab)From MS8 (2296a (8x 2296) + 8 tabs)2021(symbolic) water cycle; "All streams flow into the sea (Ecclesiastes)"
LebanonC748 (Mi1236)1974(Symbolic) evaporation and cloud formation
LebanonC751a (BL40)One of four stamps on imperforate MS4 (748-751)
Mali105 (Mi167)1967(Symbolic) evaporation, followed by precipitation
Norway1570 (BL37)MS2 (1570 (a-b))2009"Global warming … produces more evaporation from oceans to fill the warmer atmosphere with increased moisture"
Portugal2801 (Mi3037)2006Precipitation is part of the "Ciclo de Água" (water cycle)
Portugal2800-2805 fdcOne of five stamps on FDC
RomaniaNone(Multi-color printed) cachet on stamped envelope (different)1984Hydrological measurement station (making observations of part of the water cycle)
San Marino539 (Mi743)From MS6 (539a (4x 539))1962(Symbolic) evaporation
Tanzania129 (Mi129)1979Illustration of water cycle
Tanzania127-130 fdcOne of four stamps on FDC
Turkey3346 (Mi?)On 3346c in particular of MS4 (3346 (a-d))2013(Symbolic) evaporation and cloud formation
Turkey3346 fdcMS4 on FDC

Below is a list of Atmospheric water cycle on launch covers (including anniversary-of-launch covers).

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
Atmospheric water cycle
United States1999-12-18Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(JPL Stamp Club) cachet on EOS-Terra launch cover(Symbolic) evaporation contributing to cloud formation; precipitation falling from the clouds
United States1999-12-18Pasadena CA(JPL Stamp Club) cachet on EOS-Terra launch cover
United States2021-07-27Vandenberg SFB, CA(Galactic Space Covers) cachet on Landsat-9 launch coverThe Thermal Infrared Sensor-2 (TIRS-2) instrument aboard Landsat-9 will provide "information on water evaporating into the air".

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