The process by which soil and sediment are transported from one location to another.
the cycle of processes by which water circulates between the earth's oceans, atmosphere, and land, involving precipitation as rain and snow, drainage in streams and rivers, and return to the atmosphere by evaporation and transpiration.
Water from the oceans and the Earth's surface changes into water vapor.
Water vapor cools and changes into water droplets that form clouds in the atmosphere.
Rain,snow,sleet, or hail from clouds onto the Earth's land and ocean.
The downward movement of water through pores and other spaces in soil due to gravity.
the draining away of water (or substances carried in it) from the surface of an area of land, a building or structure.
The area of land that is drained by a water system.
Water flow downwards towards a lake, ocean, or sea.
The boundary between watersheds in the United States. Separates the Atlantic and Pacific Watersheds.
The path that a stream follows
The measure of the change in elevation over a certain distance.
The amount of water that a stream or river carries in a given amount of time.
The material a stream or river can carry downstream.
A stream can bounce large materials,such as pebbles and boulders, along the stream bed.
Bed Load
A stream can carry small rocks and soil in suspension (makes a river look muddy).
Suspended Load
Material carried in solution, which means that the material is dissolved in the water.
Dissolved Load
The process in which material is laid down.
Rock and soil deposited by streams.
A fan shaped mass of materials deposits that,unlike deltas,form of dry land.
fan shaped deposits that, unlike deltas, form on dry land.
Alluvial fans
An area along a river that forms from sediments deposited when the river overflows its banks.
Water located within the rocks below the surface of the Earth.
A zone where water passes through.
Zone of Aeration
Where water fills the spaces between rock.
Zone of Saturation
Where the two zones meet is.
Water table
Rock layer that stores groundwater and allows the flow of groundwater.
The % of the total volume of a rock or sediment that consists of open spaces.
The rock's ability to let water pass through.

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