Heskett Science: Hydrologic Cycle

definitions & notes only words
  1. evaporation
    the process of becoming a vapor
  2. condensation
    changing from a gaseous to a liquid or solid state
  3. transpiration
    the emission of water vapor from the leaves of plants
  4. sublimation
    a change directly from the solid to the gaseous state
  5. aquifer
    underground layer of rock or sand that yields groundwater
  6. ground water
    underground water that is held in the soil and in pervious rocks
  7. precipitation
    the falling to earth of any form of water
  8. watershed
    a ridge of land that separates two adjacent river systems
  9. tributary
    a branch that flows into the main stream
  10. hydrosphere
    the watery layer of the earth's surface
  11. lithosphere
    the part of the Earth consisting of the crust and mantle
  12. biosphere
    the regions of the Earth where living organisms exist
  13. atmosphere
    the envelope of gases surrounding any celestial body
  14. geosphere
    the solid part of the earth consisting of the crust and outer mantle
  15. channel
    a deep and relatively narrow body of water
  16. water table
    underground surface below which the ground is wholly saturated with water
  17. solid
    not soft or yielding to pressure
  18. liquid
    fluid matter having no fixed shape but a fixed volume
  19. gas
    a fluid having neither independent shape nor volume
  20. water vapor
    water in a vaporous form diffused in the atmosphere but below boiling temperature
  21. rain
    water falling in drops from vapor in the atmosphere
  22. hail
    precipitation of ice pellets
  23. snow
    precipitation falling from clouds in the form of ice crystals
  24. sleet
    partially melted snow (or a mixture of rain and snow)