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hydrosphere

Definition

The waters of the Earth, as distinguished from the rocks (lithosphere), living things (biosphere), and the air (atmosphere). Includes the waters of the ocean; rivers, lakes, and other bodies of surface water in liquid form on the continents; snow, ice, and glaciers; and liquid water, ice, and water vapour in both the unsaturated and saturated zones below the land surface. Included by some, but excluded by others, is water in the atmosphere , which includes water vapour, clouds, and all forms of precipitation while still in the atmosphere. (Source: BJGEO)

Themes
  • water
Groups
  • HYDROSPHERE (freshwater, marine water, waters)
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Scope note

Scope note is not available.

Concept URL: http://www.eionet.europa.eu/gemet/concept/4124