Evaporation

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Terms & Synonyms

Official WHO Definition

The process by which a liquid becomes a gas ( WHO et al. 2003).Evaporation is the process by which molecules in a liquid state (e.g. water) spontaneously become gaseous (e.g. water vapor) Macquarie Library, University New South Wales (1985).

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Interpretations and Explanations

Generally, evaporation can be seen by the gradual disappearance of water when exposed to air. Evaporation is an essential part of the water cycle. Solar heat energy drives evaporation of water from oceans, lakes, and the soil (WHO et al. 2003)Evaporation is the opposite of condensation. Generally, evaporation can be seen by the gradual disappearance of water when exposed to air (World Plumbing Council). Evaporation is an essential part of the water cycle. Solar heat energy drives evaporation of water from oceans, lakes, and the soil (World Plumbing Council).

References

Macquarie Library, University New South Wales (1985) The Macquarie Dictionary Revised EditionWHO, WMO and UNEP (2003) Climate change and human health: risks and responses.


WHO Lexicon page (translations and examples)


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