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hy·dro·sphere

 (hī′drə-sfîr′)
n.
1. The waters of the earth's surface as distinguished from those of the lithosphere and the atmosphere.
2. The water vapor in the earth's atmosphere.

hy′dro·spher′ic (-sfîr′ĭk, -sfĕr′-) adj.

hydrosphere

(ˈhaɪdrəˌsfɪə)
n
(Physical Geography) the watery part of the earth's surface, including oceans, lakes, water vapour in the atmosphere, etc
ˌhydroˈspheric adj

hy•dro•sphere

(ˈhaɪ drəˌsfɪər)

n.
the water on or surrounding the surface of the globe, including the water of the oceans and the water in the atmosphere.
[1885–90]

hy·dro·sphere

(hī′drə-sfîr′)
All of the Earth's water, including surface water (water in oceans, lakes, and rivers), groundwater (water beneath the Earth's surface), ice, and water vapor in the atmosphere. Compare asthenosphere, atmosphere, lithosphere.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hydrosphere - the watery layer of the earth's surface; includes water vapor
layer - a relatively thin sheetlike expanse or region lying over or under another
body of water, water - the part of the earth's surface covered with water (such as a river or lake or ocean); "they invaded our territorial waters"; "they were sitting by the water's edge"
earth, globe, world - the 3rd planet from the sun; the planet we live on; "the Earth moves around the sun"; "he sailed around the world"
briny, main - any very large body of (salt) water
ocean - a large body of water constituting a principal part of the hydrosphere
sea - a division of an ocean or a large body of salt water partially enclosed by land
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At the largest scale, these include the atmosphere (vapor), cryosphere (snow and ice), hydrosphere (oceans and freshwater), geosphere (soil and rocks), and biosphere (living things).
The story that has unfolded is a wet one: Mars appears to have had a more massive atmosphere billions of years ago than it does today, with an active hydrosphere capable of storing water in long-lived lakes.
They defined a soil system as an 'open multiphase system functioning in any solid-phase substrate at its interface with the atmosphere, hydrosphere and biota', and soil body as 'solid-phase part of a soil system produced by its long-term functioning and composed of a vertical sequence of genetic horizons'.
Climate System: the five physical components (atmosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere, lithosphere, and biosphere) that are responsible for the climate and its variations.
Hydrosphere is used to regulate biota and biota regulates the hydrosphere in a "dual regulation' concept that complements the hydrological cycle.
Processes occurring at the glacier bed exert a fundamental control on the release of bioavailable elements to rivers and oceans and the evolution of the Earth s surface, hydrosphere and atmosphere.
72) The term "biosphere" refers to "the part of the world in which life can exist including parts of the lithosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere.
The hydrosphere is nothing more than an extension of the atmosphere where the medium is simply more dense.
Phenols constitute a considerable part of the overall contamination of the hydrosphere.
The latest equipment purchase with Hydrosphere Energy Solutions continues to serve as a testament to Ecosphere and FNES's competitive positioning in the oil and gas water treatment space," stated Dennis McGuire, Chairman and CEO of Ecosphere Technologies.
POPs are resistant to photolytic, biological and chemical degradation and their properties allow them to travel thousands of kilometers in the atmosphere and hydrosphere, despite their lipophilicity, before deposition and eventual transfer into the global food chain.
Environment refers to everything that surrounds us and consists of the lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere (McKinney and Schoch, 1996).