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water vapor
the invisible, gaseous form of water
water cycle
the continous process by which water moves from Earth's surface to the atmosphere and back passing through biotic and abiotic parts of the environment
groundwater
water present underground in porous rock strata and soils; comes to the surface through wells and springs
evaporation
the process by which molecules at the surface of a liquid, such as water, abosorb enough energy to change to a gaseous state, such as water vapor
transpiration
the process through which water is lost theough a plant's leaves
precipitation
forms of water such as rain, snow, sleet, or hail that fall from clouds and reach Earth's surface
irrigation
the process of supplying water to areas of land to make them suitable for growing crops
water table
the top of the saturated zone, or depth to groundwater in an aquifer
aquifer
an underground layer of rock or soil that holds water
watershed
the land area that supplies water to a river system