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science module 5

hydrosphere the sum of all water on a planet
hydrologic cycle the process by which water is continuously exchanged between earths narrow water sources
transpiration evaporation of water from plants
condensation the process by which a gas turns into liquid
precipitation water falling from the atmosphere in rain, sleet or hail
distillation evaporation and condensation of a mixture to separate out the mixtures individual components
residence time the average time a given particle will stay in a given system
salinity a measure of the mass of dissolved salt in a given mass of water
firn a dense, icy pack of old snow
water table the line between the water saturated soil and the soil that is not saturated with water
percolation the process by which water moves downward in a soil, toward the water table
adiabatic cooling the cooling of a gas that happens when the gas expands with no way of getting more energy
cloud condensation nuclei small airborne particles upon which water vapor condenses to form clouds
Created by: Studiouseliah