Water Cycle Vocabulary

Evaporation
the changing of water from a liquid to a gas
Condensation
the changing of water from a gas to a liquid
Sublimation
the changing of water from a solid to a gas
Precipitation
the process by which water molecules condense to form drops heavy enough to fall to the Earth’s surface
Transpiration
the process by which moisture is carried through plants from roots to leaves, where it changes to vapor and is released to the atmosphere
Surface Runoff
the flowing of water over the land from higher to lower ground
Infiltration
the process of water filling the porous spaces of soil
Percolation
groundwater moving in the saturated zone below the earth’s surface