Watersheds & Wetlands sect 1.1

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Voc from Environment & Ecology for PA. Pages 1-6

evaporation

Process whereby the heat of the sun changes water on Earth's surface from a liquid to a gas

condensation

return of water vapor to a liquid state by cooling

precipitation

liquid or solid water that falls from clouds to Earth

transpiration

release of water vapor from plants' leaves into the air

runoff

precipitation that runs off the ground

groundwater

water from rain and melting snow that seeps into the ground and is stored beneath Earth's surface

source

place where a stream or river begins

mouth

place where a stream or river ends by flowing into another body of water

velocity

distance water flows during some period of time; m/s or ft/s for units

bed load

sediment carried along the bottom of the channel of a stream or river

tributaries

feeder streams

topography

physical characteristics of the land

rill

a narrow and shallow incision into topsoil layers, resulting from erosion by overland flow or surface runoff.

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