Groundwater key terms set 1

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Evapotranspiration

the combined net effect of two processes: evaporation and transpiration

Evaporation

the process of returning moisture to the atmosphere

Transpiration

is the process by which plants return moisture to the air

Condensation

is the cooling of water vapor until it becomes a liquid

dew point

the temperature to which a given parcel of air must be cooled, at constant barometric pressure, for water vapor to condense into water

Precipitation

moisture that falls from the atmosphere as rain, snow, sleet, or hail

Infiltration

the entry of water into the soil surface

Percolation

the downward movement of water through soil and rock

Runoff

movement of water, usually from precipitation, across the earth's surface towards stream channels, lakes, oceans, or depressions or low points in the earth's surface

hydrologic cycle

the continuous movement of water between places; the water cycle

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