Term Definition
Water Cycle The continuous movement of water between the atmosphere, the land, and oceans.
Infiltration The process by which water on the ground surface enters the soil
Evaporation The process by which water changes from a liquid to a gas or water vapor
Transpiration The process by which moisture is carried through plants from roots to small pores on the underside of leaves, where it changes to vapor and is released to the atmosphere.
Precipitation Water released from clouds in the form of rain, freezing rain, sleet, snow, or hail
Groundwater The water that continues downward through the soil until it reaches rock material that is saturated. Water under the surface.
Zone of Areation The zone nearest to the surface where gaps between soil are filled with both air and water
Zone of Saturation Below the Zone of Aeration where gaps are filled with water
Permeable The ability of a substance to allow another substance to pass through it, especially the ability of a porous rock sediment, or the soil to transmit fluid through pores and cracks.
Non-Permeable A substance does not have the ability to allow another substance to pass through it.
Porosity Quality of being pours, or full of tiny holes. Allows water to pass through it.
Fresh Water

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