hydrologic cycle
noun Date: 1936 the sequence of conditions through which water passes from vapor in the atmosphere through precipitation upon land or water surfaces and ultimately back into the atmosphere as a result of evaporation and transpiration — called also hydrological cycle

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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