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Hydrology Vocabulary

Author: Elise White
The total snow and ice on the ground, including the new snow, the previous snow and ice which has not melted.
The movement of water in the interstices of a porous medium due to capillary forces
The water content obtained from melting accumulated snow.
As used in hydrology, precipitation is the discharge of water, in a liquid or solid state, out of the atmosphere, generally onto a land or water surface. It is the common process by which atmospheric water becomes surface, or subsurface water. The term "precipitation" is also commonly used to designate the quantity of water that is precipitated. Precipitation includes rainfall, snow, hail, and sleet, and is therefore a more general term than rainfall.
The rate at which water passes a given point. Discharge is expressed in a volume per time with units of L3/T. Discharge is often used interchangeably with streamflow
The process of addition of water to the saturated zone; also the water added
The process by which water is changed from vapor to liquid and the draining away of water (or substances carried in it) from the surface of an area of land.
The property of a porous medium to transmit fluids under an hydraulic gradient.
A part of the surface of the earth that is occupied by a drainage system, which consists of a surface stream or a body of impounded surface water together with all tributary surface streams and bodies of impounded surface water.
A low or hollow place, especially a marshy depression between ridges.