Water Cycle Vocabulary

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precipitation

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

condensation

the forming of tiny droplets of water as water vapor cools

evaporation

process in which the sun's heat turns liquid water into water vapor

ground water

water found beneath Earth's surface

surface water

water contained in places such as lakes, ponds, rivers, streams, and reservoirs

water cycle

process in which water moves from the oceans to the air to the ground and finally back to the oceans

run-off

Water that flows across the land and enters rivers and streams. It eventually flows into lakes and the ocean.

water vapor

the gas formed when water evaporates

atmosphere

the layer of air that surrounds the earth

cloud

a mass of tiny droplets of water that condensed from the air

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