Hydrosphere

Araya, Yoseph (2020). Hydrosphere. In: Maurice, Patricia A. ed. Encyclopedia of Water: Science,Technology and Society. John Wiley & Sons Inc..

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Abstract

The hydrosphere refers to the water on or surrounding the surface of the globe whether it is liquid, frozen or floating ice, in the soil or as water vapor in the atmosphere. The hydrosphere is the major setting for the earth’s hydrologic cycle. This article explores its origin, types, and distribution on earth as well as its role in the ecosystem. It concludes by highlighting the influence of human beings on quality and quantity of earth’s water.

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