FRESHWATER/ WATER CYCLE QUIZLET

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67%
Average amount of water on Earth's surface.
33%
An average amount of land on the Earth's surface.
infiltration
Water being absorbed by soil.
evaporation
Water returning to the atmosphere as vapor.
collection
Water being gathered on the surface of the Earth. Gravity pulls the water down to the lowest area.
permeable
The characteristic of water that allows the water to be absorbed by the soil.
runoff
Another term for collection. The gathering of water on the Earth's surface.
aquifer
Water stored under the Earth's surface.
97%
An average amount of saltwater on the Earth's surface.
3%
An average amount of freshwater on the Earth's surface.
glaciers
The majority of Earth's freshwater is stored at the North and South Poles in these huge blocks of ice.
condensation
Water gathering as it cools in the atmosphere to form a cloud.
precipitation
Water that has gathered in the atmosphere and mass has become heavy enough that gravity pulls it back toward the Earth.
porous
A characteristic of soil that allows water to flow through.
water cycle
The movement of water from the atmosphere, back to the Earth's surface, and then back to the atmosphere over and over and over and over.......
watershed
Created by mountains as water is gathered through collection.
transpiration
Water is absorbed by a plant's roots and leaving the plant through the leaves of the plant.
Sun
Heat energy from this star creates evaporation in the water cycle process.
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