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Use this Quizlet to study your water cycle vocabulary.
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the continuous process by which water moves from Earth's surface to the atmosphere and back
a process at which molecules at the surface of a liquid absorb enough energy to change to the gaseous state
water vapor cools and becomes a liquid
when water in the form of ice, rain, sleet, hail, or snow, falls to Earth
the water that plants give off as part of their respiratory process (they "breathe" in carbon dioxide and "breathe" out oxygen - in this process, they also make water)
when precipitation hits the ground, it is either absorbed, or it flows over the surface of the earth
water in its gas form
water that is in the ground
a state of matter that has a definite shape and a definite volume; when water is in this state, it is because its temperature is below the freezing point and the water molecules are close together
a state of matter that has a definite volume but no definite shape; when water is in this state, is above the freezing point and the water molecules are not quite as close together as in the solid state
a state of matter with no definite shape or volume; when water is in this state, it is called "water vapor," and you cannot see it; when water is in its gaseous state, the temperatures are warm; water molecules are farther apart than when in liquid or solid form
States of Matter
the physical forms of matter, which include solid, liquid, and gas
ice pellets larger than 5 millimeters in diameter formed in cumulonimbus clouds by strong updrafts of wind
clear ice pellets precipitation, forms when rain falls through layer of freezing air
a solid form of precipitation composed of ice crystals in complex hexagonal form
The daily conditions of the atmosphere in terms of temperature, atmospheric pressure, cloud cover, wind, and moisture.
The weather conditions prevailing in an area in general or over a long period.
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