Water Cycle

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sun

provides what almost everything on Earth needs to go---energy or heat

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precipitation

rain, snow, hail

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condensation

As warmer air floats up into the sky where it is cold, this happens and tiny liquid particles form...clouds.

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groundwater

water that fills the cracks and pores in underground soil and rock layers

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evaporation

changes liquid and frozen water into water-vapor gas, which then floats up into the skies to become clouds

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runoff

water running off the land surface

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transpiration

tiny holes in a plant's leaves that allow water to leave the leaf into the air

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water vapor

the invisible, gaseous form of water

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river

a natural stream of water of fairly large size flowing in a definite course or channel or series of diverging and converging channels

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water cycle

the continuous process by which water moves through the living and nonliving parts of the environment

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pond

a body of water smaller than a lake

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clouds

a visible mass of condensed water vapor floating in the atmosphere, typically high above the ground

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infiltration

water on the ground surface enters the soil

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ocean

the vast body of salt water that covers almost three fourths of the earth's surface

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lake

a body of fresh or salt water of considerable size, surrounded by land

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