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Water Cycle

Terms and Concepts

radiation Electromagnetic waves and heat generated by the Sun.
evaporation Liquid water is changed into a gas due to temperature increase / radiation from the sun.
condensation Water vapor in the atmosphere is changed into liquid droplet due to a decrease in temperature.
clouds Three main types: cirrus, cumulus, and stratus. Clouds form when water droplet attach to particles in the air: dirt, smoke, or salt.
cirrus Highest level clouds made up of ice crystals. "Cirrus" means curl of hair. Looks wispy.
cumulus Mid-level clouds. Looks large and puffy like a cotton ball. Usually means sunny weather.
stratus Lowest level type cloud. "Strato" means spread out. Looks like layers.
precipitation Liquid droplet that fall to the ground as rain, sleet, snow or hail.
transpiration Water vapor released by plant and trees during the process of photosynthesis
photosynthesis The process by which plants and trees make their own food and energy using sunlight.
surface Runoff Precipitation runs across the surface of the Earth back into bodies of water,
infiltration Precipitation is absorbed by the ground into water sheds and aquifers.
ground water Water that collects under ground and eventually flowing back into the ocean.
Created by: bkbrown