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Michigan Environmental Education Curriculum
The Watershed Concept

Aquifers

layers of earth that contain water

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Condenses

changes from a gas to a liquid

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Evaporation

changes from a liquid to a gas

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Evapotranspiration

the transfer of water to the atmosphere by evaporation from the soil and transpiration by land plants

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Groundwater

water contained within an aquifer, i.e. soil or rock

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Hydrologic Cycle

the Earth’s water cycle – movement of water from the atmosphere to the earth, its distribution on the Earth and its return to the atmosphere

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Impervious

a material that water cannot pass through

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Infiltration

water seeping into the ground

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Permeability

the ease with which water passes through the ground

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Precipitation

moisture deposited on the Earth as dew, rain or snow

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Runoff

water that travels across the land surface to rivers, lakes and the ocean

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Saturated

unable to hold any more water

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Transpiration

the process by which liquid water taken into a plant from the soil is released to the atmosphere as a gas

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Tributaries

a stream that flows into a larger stream or body of water

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Urbanization

the change of a landscape from a country to city setting

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Water table

the top of the water surface in the saturated part of an aquifer

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