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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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