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Clevedon School Geography 22.214.171.124C The Water Cycle - Drainage Basins as Open Systems
Drainage basins as open systems
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The catchment area from which a river system obtains its supplies of water.
The boundary of the drainage basin.
Slowest transfer or water through rocks via hydrostatic pressure or gravity.
Water which collects underground in pore spaces in rock.
The movement of water from the surface downwards into the soil.
The process by which precipitation is prevented from reaching the soil by leaves and branches of trees as well as by plants and grasses.
Surface run off/ overland flow
The movement of water over saturated or impermeable land.
The downward movement of water from soil to the rock below or within rock.
The water that runs down the stems and trunks of plants and trees to the ground.
The water that drips off leaves during a rainstorm.
The water that moves down-slope through soil.
All the water that flows out of a drainage basin.
(Q) = average velocity (V) x cross sectional area (A) The unit is cumecs, measured in m3s-1.
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