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The land area that supplies water to a river system.
A stream or river that flows into a larger river.
The top of the saturated zone or depth to the groundwater under earth's surface.
A ridge of land that separates one watershed from another.
Water that fills the cracks and spaces in underground soil and rock layers.
The build up over time of nutrients in freshwater lakes and ponds that leads to an increase in the growth of algae.
A hole in the ground that is used to bring groundwater up from an aquifer to Earth's surface.
A lake that stores water for human use. Can be created by dams
Any underground layer of permeable rock or sediment that holds water and allows it to flow.
The change of state from gas to a liquid.
The process by which water is given off through plants as water vapor
The level that at some depth the pores in the ground are saturated with water. No more space.
The layers that contain air as well as water, thus for they are not saturated nor filled with water.
The process by which molecules at the surface of a liquid absorb enough energy to change to a gaseous state.
The place where an organism lives and obtains all the things it needs to survive.
Characteristic of a material that contains connected air spaces, pores, that water can seep through easily.
When water cannot pass through material easily, that material is impermeable.
Water recycling system
Water that falls to Earth as rain, snow, sleet, or hail. The water falls from a cloud when the cloud is too heavy.