Categories: Water

Surface water is water on the surface of the planet such as in a stream, river, lake, wetland, or ocean. It can be contrasted with groundwater and atmospheric water.

Non-saline surface water is replenished by precipitation and by recruitment from ground-water. It is lost through evaporation, seepage into the ground where it becomes ground-water, used by plants for transpiration, extracted by mankind for agriculture, living, industry etc. or discharged to the sea where it becomes saline.

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Surface water
Definition of "Surface water" by Chat GPT: Surface water refers to any water that is above ground, such as rivers, lakes, ponds, and streams. It is water that can be seen and directly accessed on the Earth's surface.
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