Water cycle terms

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evaporation

the process by which water changes from liquid form to an atmospheric gas

transpiration

the process by which water evaporates from a plant's leaves

condensation

the process by which molecules of water vapor in the air become liquid water

precipitation

The falling to earth of any form of water (rain or snow or hail or sleet or mist)

infiltration

the movement of surface water into rock or soil through cracks and pore spaces

percolation

The downward movement of water through soil and rock due to gravity.

surface run off

water flowing off the land into bodies of surface water (for example, lakes or rivers).

ground water

water found beneath Earth's surface in aquifers

absorption

the movement of water from soil into the roots of plants.

cloud formation

Water vapor condensing in the atmosphere around dust or ice particles

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