the natural sequence through which water passes into the atmosphere as water vapor, precipitates to earth in liquid or solid form, and ultimately returns to the atmosphere through evaporation.
- Also called water cycle .
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How to use hydrologic cycle in a sentence
That boosted temperatures and intensified the hydrologic cycle, enhancing rainfall and increasing runoff into lakes, he says.A volcano-induced rainy period made Earth’s climate dinosaur-friendly | Megan Sever | September 30, 2021 | Science News
British Dictionary definitions for hydrologic cycle
another name for water cycle
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Scientific definitions for hydrologic cycle
The continuous process by which water is circulated throughout the Earth and its atmosphere. The Earth's water enters the atmosphere through evaporation from bodies of water and from ground surfaces. Plants and animals also add water vapor to the air by transpiration. As it rises into the atmosphere, the water vapor condenses to form clouds. Rain and other forms of precipitation return it to the Earth, where it flows into bodies of water and into the ground, beginning the cycle again. Also called water cycle
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Cultural definitions for hydrologic cycle
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