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Mr. Vaughan Unit 6

Unit 6 - Water on Earth

TermDefinition
polarity anything that has a positive charge at one end and a negative charge at the other end
cohesion the property that holds molecules of a substance together
adhesion the property that holds molecules of different substances together
specific heat the energy needed to heat a substance by a particular amount
solvent a liquid that dissolves substances.....water is often called the universal solvent
ocean current streamlike movements of water in the ocean
surface current ocean currents that occur at or near the surface caused by wind
coriolis effect the deflection of moving objects from a straight path due to Earth's rotation
deep current movements of ocean water far below the surface
convection current movement of water that results from the difference in the density of water
upwelling when warm surface water is replaced by cold nutrient-rich water from deeper ocean waters
surface water water above Earth's surface
groundwater water found in spaces between rock particles below Earth's surface
water table the upper boundary, or surface, of groundwater
channel a path that a stream follows
tributary a smaller stream that feeds into a river and eventually into a river system
watershed the area of land that is drained by a river system
divide a ridge or an area of higher ground that separates watersheds
aquifer a body of rock or sediment that stores groundwater and allows it to flow
wetland an area of land that is soaked with water for at least part of the year
estuary the partially enclosed area where fresh water from the river mixes with the salt water from the ocean
abiotic factor a nonliving factor in an environment (water temp, water depth, light, pH, Oxygen)
Created by: dougteach65