Quarter 2 Vocabulary Words
Use this Quizlet to study your water cycle vocabulary.
Terms in this set (34)
the continuous process by which water moves from Earth's surface to the atmosphere and back
a process at which liquid molecules at the surface of a liq 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 is evaporated from living things
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
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.
the ecosystem comprising the entire earth and the living organisms that inhabit it.
the solid portion of the earth
the water on or surrounding the surface of the globe, including the water of the oceans and the water in the atmosphere.
The solid water found on Earth
All the gas that surrounds the Earth; the air
The transfer of heat through touch
Convection (Convection Currents
The transfer of heat by the circulation: Warm air/liquid rises and cold air/liquid falls.
The transfer of heat through electromagnetic waves (Energy from the Sun)
a region of Earth's stratosphere that absorbs most of the Sun's ultraviolet (UV) radiation.
a warming of Earth's surface and the air above it. It is caused by gases in the air that trap energy from the sun.
the lowest densest part of the earth's atmosphere in which most weather changes occur and temperature generally decreases rapidly with altitude.
the second layer of our atmosphere, above the troposphere, temperature generally increase with altitude. You will also find the Ozone Layer in this part of the atmosphere.
the part of the earth's atmosphere between the stratosphere and the thermosphere in which temperature decreases with altitude to the atmosphere's absolute minimum. Meteoroids begin to burn up in this part of the atmosphere
the part of the earth's atmosphere that begins at about 50 miles (80 kilometers) above the earth's surface, extends to outer space, and is characterized by steadily increasing temperature with height.
When a Solid turns into a Gas without becoming a Liquid.
Carbon Dioxide, Methane, Water Vapor
Are the three main greenhouse gases.
The amount of particle vibration in an object. (measured in degrees)
force of air pushing down towards
moving air particles
the amount of water vapor in the atmosphere.
Causes of wind
uneven heating of the Earth and change in air pressure.
When the air is at 100% humidity and can hold no more moisture
the average amount of particle vibration is SLOW
the average amount of particle vibration is FAST