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Water Cycle

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Water Cycle
the movement of water between Earth's surface and atmosphere
Atmosphere
the mixture of gases and dust that surrounds Earth
Energy
the ability to make things move or change. The sun's energy is necessary to power the water cycle.
Evaporation
the change from a liquid to a water vapor (gas). The sun warms the liquid water on Earth's surface (oceans, lakes, rivers, ponds) changing the liquid water into a gas (water vapor).
Transpiration
the process of plants giving off water through stomata in leaves; water evaporating from plant leaves
Condensation
the change from water vapor to a liquid
Precipitation
water that falls from a cloud in the atmosphere in the form of rain, snow, hail, or sleet
Runoff
excess water that the ground cannot absorb; flows over the land surfaces into bodies of water.
Collection
when precipitation accumulates in a body of water, in the ground, or as runoff to a body of water