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The Water Cycle - Definitions

The Water Cycle - Definitions

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Condensation
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process by which water vapor in the air is changed into liquid water, forming clouds
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Evaporation
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process by which liquid water changes into water vapor
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Precipitation
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water released from clouds as rain, freezing rain, sleet, snow, or hail
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Surface runoff
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precipitation that flows over the land because soil has reached its full capacity to soak in water
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Accumulation
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storehouse of water primarily in the form of oceans
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Groundwater
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water stored in the ground
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Aquifer
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rock layer in the ground that contains water and releases it in appreciable amounts
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Ridgeline
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area of higher ground separating two adjacent streams or watersheds
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Infiltration
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process by which water on the ground surface soaks into the soil
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Transpiration
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process by which water in plant leaves change into vapor and is released into the air
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