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Weather Vocabulary #3

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sea level
where the ocean meets the land; zero elevation
water cycle
the continuous process by which water moves from Earth's surface to the atmosphere and back; also called the hydrologic cycle
evaporation
changing from liquid to water vapor
condensation
changing from water vapor becomes liquid process
precipitation
form of water that falls from a cloud to the Earth
collection
when precipitation accumulates in a body of water, in the ground, or as runoff to a body of water
ground water
water stored in soil and rock beneath Earth's surface
runoff
excess water that the ground cannot absorb
water vapor
water in a gas state
transpiration
plants give off water through stomata in leaves; water evaporating from plant leaves
elevation
the height of a place above sea level (Mount Everest has an elevation of 29,029 feet)
fronts
an area where the two air masses meet