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Abiotic Cycles

TermDefinition
The Water Cycle The continuous movement of water from the earth to the atmosphere and back to Earth.
Evaporation The process of water heating up and changing from a liquid to a gas.
Condensation The process of water vapor cooling and changing from a gas to a liquid.
Precipitation Water in different states that falls from the atmosphere back to Earth.
Transpiration Water vapor that enters the atmosphere from plant processes.
Respiration Water vapor that enters the atmosphere from living organisms.
Runoff Water that flows along the surface of the Earth.
Groundwater Water that moves underneath the Earth's crust.
Accumulation site A low area where water collects.l
The Carbon Cycle The movement of carbon through the living and non-living parts of the environment.
The Oxygen Cycle The movement of oxygen through the living and non-living parts of the environment.
Photosynthesis The process of plants removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and using it to make glucose.
The Nitrogen Cycle The movement of nitrogen through the living and non-living parts of the environment.
Nitrogen fixation The process of changing free nitrogen into a usable form of nitrogen by certain kinds of bacteria.
Created by: nbiegel
 

 



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