What is the scientific name for the water cycle?

The scientific name for the water cycle is the hydrologic cycle.

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A more formal name for the water cycle is the hydrologic cycle. This name comes from the word hydrology, which refers to the scientific study of water and its movement. The root word "hyrd" is Greek in origin and means water, and the suffix "ology" is also Greek in origin...

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A more formal name for the water cycle is the hydrologic cycle. This name comes from the word hydrology, which refers to the scientific study of water and its movement. The root word "hyrd" is Greek in origin and means water, and the suffix "ology" is also Greek in origin and indicates the study of a certain academic field.

The hydrologic cycle refers to the process of water transfer between the atmosphere and the surface of the Earth. Water takes all forms in this cycle, including a solid, a liquid, and a gas. The hydrologic cycle involves many processes including evaporation, condensation, precipitation, and sublimation.

In the process of evaporation, water from Earth’s surface is transferred from a liquid state to a gaseous state. Evaporation brings water from Earth's surface into the atmosphere. As water vapor rises into the atmosphere, it goes through a process called condensation. Condensation occurs when water vapor is transferred into liquid water. Condensed water vapor is released in the form of precipitation (like rain or snow) which brings water back to Earth’s surface. A process called sublimation also occurs when ice turns into water vapor, moving from a solid from Earth’s surface directly to a gas in the atmosphere.

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