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Definition of evapotranspiration (ET)

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Definition as written by Sis:

The process by which the earth's surface or soil loses moisture by evaporation of water and by transpiration from plants; the volume of water lost in this process.

Definition as written by Terry:

Evapotranspiration has a tremendously positive effect on areas with mature trees - not only do they provide shade from summer heat, but they also provide a natural cooling process as they transpire moisture through their leaves.

According to some sources, a single mature and properly watered tree with a crown of 30 feet can transpire as much as 40 gallons of water per day. Definitely a good reason to plant a tree (or two!)

Definition as written by Magpye:

Known as ET, it is the amount of water that transpires through a plants leaves combined with the amount that evaporates from the soil in which it is growing.

Definition as written by Mandume:

Evapotranspiration is a combined process of evaporation and transpiration from surfaces of plant leave, it count the total sum of water lost through transpiration and evaporation process.


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